By Carl Adamec
HARTFORD, Conn. — At 9:58 p.m. Tuesday, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s Big East game with Louisville reached halftime.
Late night at the XL Center has favored the Huskies so far.
Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley have 10 points each as No. 3 UConn has taken a 37-23 lead over 15th-ranked Louisville at intermission.
The Huskies (14-1 overall, 2-1 Big East) gave up the first basket but have not trailed since. Leading 16-12, UConn used a 10-2 run to take command. Hartley scored the first six points followed by baskets by Dolson and Moriah Jefferson.
A Hartley hoop gave the Huskies their biggest lead at 37-21 before Jude Schimmel’s drive closed out the first-half scoring.
Hartley played the whole first half. The junior hurt her bothersome left ankle Saturday at Marquette after playing only five minutes following a collision with Marquette’s Katherine Plouffe while going for a loose ball.
Freshman forward Breanna Stewart is missing her second straight game with a sprained left ankle suffered in Friday’s practice while doing a rebounding drill. She did go through pregame warmups.
The Huskies are 44-0 against the five former Conference USA teams — Cincinnati (7-0), DePaul (9-0), Louisville (11-0), Marquette (8-0), and South Florida (9-0) — that joined the Big East for the 2005-06 season. They are 11-1 all-time against the Cardinals. Louisville’s only win came in the 1993 NCAA tournament first round in Storrs. It was the second straight loss for the Huskies. They have not lost back-to-back in 708 games since.