By Carl Adamec
The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team gave up the first two baskets to Cincinnati in the opening 51 seconds Saturday night.
The Bearcats, ranked 297th nationally in scoring, scored one more basket the rest of the first half.
Stefanie Dolson has 11 points as the third-ranked Huskies have taken a 41-9 halftime lead over Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena.
It’s the second time in four trips to Cincinnati that the Huskies (17-1 overall, 4-1 Big East) have held the Bearcats to single digits in the first half. Cincinnati scored seven points in the first half of a 65-34 loss two years ago.
After getting baskets from Chelsea Jamison and Kayla Cook for a 4-0 lead, Cincinnati (8-10, 0-5) missed 21 of its last 22 shots. The only field goal in the final 19:09 was a 15-footer from Lesha Dunn with 11:31 left in the period.
Dolson was the one UConn starter that was left behind in the Huskies’ second-half rout of Duke last Monday. She sat out most of the second half with four fouls.
But she banked in a 3-pointer to get UConn on the board and made her first five shots.
UConn used a 13-0 run to erase that early four-point deficit. After Dunn’s field goal, the Huskies outscored the Bearcats 24-1.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has eight points and Kelly Faris seven for UConn, which has out-rebounded Cincinnati 28-10. Cook has three points for the Bearcats. Leading scorer Dayseesha Hollins (16.3), who is being guarded by Faris, is 0-for-5 from the floor with no points.