At the half: UConn 40, Texas A&M 28

By Carl Adamec

With her freshmen teammates struggling, Stefanie Dolson is doing exactly what a junior and leader should do.

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s center has 20 points as the second-ranked Huskies have taken a 40-28 lead over No. 16 Texas A&M at halftime at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, Sunday.

Dolson is 9-for-12 from the floor in 18 minutes. In the short time she wasn’t on the floor, the Huskies went scoreless.

UConn could move to No. 1 in the polls with a win. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has nine points for the Huskies.

UConn has never trailed as Dolson scored seven points in a game-opening 11-2 run. Six straight points by Courtney Walker brought the Aggies to within 16-12, but the Huskies came back with nine unanswered, capped by a Mosqueda-Lewis layup off a pass and steal from Brianna Banks to take their biggest lead of the period at 13. Dolson’s short jumper right before the buzzer accounted for the halftime score.

Walker has 14 points for A&M. UConn is shooting 51 percent from the floor and 26 of its points have come in the paint. UConn freshmen Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck, and Moriah Jefferson are a combined 2-for-9 from the floor with Stewart picking up two fouls in the first 3:44.