By Carl Adamec
HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has won its last 22 games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents.
From the Huskies’ point of view, Pittsburgh will be a perfect fit for the ACC when the Big East defectors make their move next season.
Third-ranked UConn has been far from its best Tuesday night, but it’s been more than enough against the hapless Panthers. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has nine points as the Huskies lead Pittsburgh 37-13 at halftime at the XL Center.
UConn (25-2 overall, 12-1 Big East) has won 27 straight over Pittsburgh over the last 20 years and the Panthers (9-17, 0-13) have not beaten UConn in Connecticut since coach Geno Auriemma’s first season of 1985-86.
If the Huskies hold on in the second half, Pittsburgh’s Big East regular season losing streak will hit 34. UConn has lost a total of 34 Big East regular season games (378-34) since the start of the 1988-89 campaign.
The Panthers actually led 8-7 before reality set in. Ten straight points, including treys by Moriah Jefferson and Mosqueda-Lewis, put UConn in front. Mosqueda-Lewis then scored six points in a 16-0 run that broke it open.
Stefanie Dolson has eight points for UConn while Kelly Faris has seven. Faris also has seven rebounds, leaving her seven shy of joining three-time Wade Trophy winner Maya Moore as the only UConn players to have 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 500 assists, and 250 steals. Brianna Kiesel (7) and Asia Logan (6) have all Pittsburgh’s points.