By Carl Adamec
WASHINGTON — On Tuesday night in Tampa, Notre Dame had to go overtime to beat South Florida. Wednesday night at McDonough Arena, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team isn’t making it easy on itself.
The third-ranked Huskies lead Georgetown 38-23 at halftime but have not been impressive doing it.
UConn is shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, is getting out-rebounded 21-20, and has 14 turnovers including six by Stefanie Dolson. Kelly Faris, the nation’s leader in assist-to-turnover ratio, has one assist and three turnovers.
But Faris also has 14 points on 4-for-5 shooting from behind the arc along with four steals. Dolson has nine points while freshman Moriah Jefferson has six points and five steals off the bench.
UConn spotted Georgetown the first basket and then ran off 12 unanswered points as five players hit the scoring column. A 3-pointer by Faris and a hoop by Dolson gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the half at 28-11 with 8:09 left.
Sugar Rodgers, the Big East’s leading scorer, then came alive to score nine of her team’s next 11 points as Georgetown pulled within 31-22. But Faris ended the half with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 38-23.
Rodgers has 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting for the Hoyas, who also have 17 turnovers.
UConn (12-1 overall, 0-1 Big East) has not lost back-to-back games since the end of the 1992-93 season, a stretch of 706 games. The Huskies have not been 0-2 in the league since Geno Auriemma’s first season of 1985-86.
Kiah Stokes made her first appearance in a game since Dec. 6 with 11:28 left. She has played six minutes and has not scored. UConn is without freshman Morgan Tuck (right knee bone bruise).
Georgetown (10-4, 1-0) has lost 27 straight to UConn and has not beaten the Huskies at McDonough Arena since 1992.