At the half: UConn 45, Wake Forest 12

By Carl Adamec

For those of us watching in Connecticut, it’s been more of what we’ve seen in the first 10 days of the season.

Breanna Stewart has 12 points as the second-ranked Huskies have taken a 45-12 lead at halftime Thursday over Wake Forest in a first-round game of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Stefanie Dolson has 11 points while All-American Bria Hartley has eight in her season debut. Hartley, who missed the first two games with a left ankle injury, has played just under 10 minutes in two first-half stints. She has made all three of her shots from the floor and half of her four free throws.

UConn took a 12-0 lead on two hoops by Stewart sandwiched around by Dolson and consecutive 3-pointers by Dolson — the first of her career — and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. It was 20-2 when Wake Forest scored consecutive baskets for the only time. The Huskies scored the period’s final 15 [points including six by Dolson.

Asia Williams has seven points for Wake Forest, which is shooting 12.5 percent from the floor.