At the half: UConn 51, Hartford 15

By Carl Adamec

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — With a sellout crowd looking on, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is putting on a show.

The second-ranked Huskies have four players in double figures as they have taken a commanding 51-15 halftime lead over Hartford at Chase Family Arena.

Kelly Faris is leading the way for UConn with 13 points. Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis have 11 each while Bria Hartley has 10. Daphne Elliott has 10 points for the Hawks.

UConn has led wire to wire. Hartford was within 12-7 on a beautiful move by Alyssa Englert with 14:38 left before the Huskies broke it wide open.

Stewart and Mosqueda-Lewis combined for 13 points in an 18-0 run that put the Huskies ahead by 23. After a free throw by Englert, UConn put together eight unanswered points including six by Faris to make it 38-8. Two free throws by Stewart accounted for the halftime score.

Hartford is 0-12 against UConn all-time, 0-7 under coach Jennifer Rizzotti. UConn coach Geno Auriemma has never lost a game (34-0) against a team that had one of his former players or assistant coaches as a head or assistant coach.