At the half: UConn 33, Rutgers 27

By Carl Adamec

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — There have been some interesting games between the University of Connecticut and Rutgers women’s basketball teams at the Rutgers Athletic Center the past 17 years. What could be the Huskies’ last visit here is already one of them.

Using their reserves for a good portion of the period, the third-ranked Huskies came back from a 10-point deficit to take a 33-27 halftime lead over the Scarlet Knights Saturday.

With his team trailing 10-4 at the first television time out 4:26 in, UConn coach Geno Auriemma benched starters Caroline Doty, Bria Hartley, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, and Kelly Faris (all but Stefanie Dolson) and replaced them with Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck, Moriah Jefferson, and Kiah Stokes. Doty returned about three minutes later and Faris four minutes after that. Dolson then picked up her third foul. Mosqueda-Lewis came in with 5:29 left in the half. Hartley did not return.

Rutgers led 14-4 before the Huskies (23-1 overall, 10-1 Big East) got going. It was 18-12 when UConn scored 10 unanswered points to take its first lead. Doty hit a 3-pointer and Jefferson followed with a steal and layup. Stewart’s jumper put the Huskies ahead and Jefferson’s steal and ensuing three-point play made it 22-18.

Mosqueda-Lewis’ trey with 0:08 left gave UConn its biggest lead of the period.

Tuck and Dolson have eight points each for the Huskies. Syessence Davis has eight points for Rutgers (14-9, 5-5).

The Scarlet Knights are trying to give coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th win.