At the half: UConn 41, Syracuse 29

By Carl Adamec

HARTFORD, Conn. — Stefanie Dolson has her milestone. The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is now working on picking up a Big East win.

Dolson has 13 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as the third-ranked Huskies have taken a 41-29 halftime lead over Syracuse at the XL Center Saturday.

The 6-foot-5 junior center from Port Jervis, N.Y., reached the plateau with a layup off a pass from Brianna Banks with 12:39 left in the first half. She entered with 992 points. Dolson came into the game averaging career highs of 13.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in 26.7 minutes. She ranked first in the Big East and fourth nationally in field-goal percentage (60.8).

UConn (15-1 overall, 3-1 Big East) has not trailed but is finding hard to completely shake the Orange (15-1, 3-0).

The Huskies led by 11 after Dolson’s milestone basket. But Syracuse caught fire and a 13-5 run brought the Orange to within 28-27. But UConn bounced back. Two free throws by Kelly Faris, a hoop by Breanna Stewart and a 3-pointer by Bria Hartley made it an eight-point lead. After two free throws by Syracuse’s Elashier Hall, the Huskies scored the final six points of the period including four by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.

Mosqueda-Lewis has 10 points and six rebounds while Stewart, back in action after missing two games with a sprained left ankle, has eight points. Reserve sophomore center Kiah Stokes is in uniform but is sitting next to athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle, meaning it’s unlikely she’ll play. She left practice with pain in her troublesome right shin Friday.

Carmen Thomas-Tyson and Brittney Sykes have six points each for Syracuse, which played the final 15:41 of the half without leading scorer and rebounder Kayla Alexander (two fouls).