At the half: UConn 54, Marquette 19

By Carl Adamec

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is making itself at home on the road.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has 17 points and Stefanie Dolson 14 as the third-ranked Huskies have taken a commanding 54-19 lead over Marquette Saturday in Big East action at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.

Saturday’s game ends a stretch of five games out of six away from home for UConn (13-1, 1-1). The one loss in that time was at Gampel Pavilon to Notre Dame a week ago.

Freshman forward Morgan Tuck, who missed her third game of the season with a right knee bone bruise against Georgetown Wednesday night, returned to the lineup Saturday. But fellow freshman Breanna Stewart, UConn’s second-leading scorer (14.6) and top rebounder (7.3) is out due to a sprained left ankle she suffered in practice Friday. She is listed as day to day. Stewart is the fifth out of UConn’s 11-player roster to miss a game due to injury, joining Kiah Stokes (5), Tuck (3), Bria Hartley (2), and Mosqueda-Lewis (1).

Hartley also went out early in the first half after a collision with Marquette’s Katherine Plouffe while going for a loose ball. She had her left ankle retaped and did not return.

The Huskies have not trailed, opening the game with 11 unanswered points .

Dolson’s layup got it started and Mosqueda-Lewis followed with a 3-pointer. A second Dolson hoop and two free throws each by Mosqueda-Lewis and Dolson made it 11-0. Marquette (8-6, 0-1) got the next three points, but four players scored in a 10-0 run to make it 21-3.

A year ago, Dolson played a career low six minutes and had just two points as she was benched in a win at Marquette.

A 16-4 burst pushed the Huskies’ advantage to 39-13 and their halftime margin is the largest lead of the period.

Kelly Faris and Brianna Banks have nine points each for UConn, which shot 56 percent from the floor. Faris also has five rebounds, five assists, and six steals.

Sarina Simmons has 10 points for Marquette (8-6, 0-1), which has 16 turnovers and is shooting 27 percent. Leading scorer Katherine Plouffe has not scored and is 0-for-5 from the floor.

The Huskies are 43-0 against the five former Conference USA teams — Cincinnati (7-0), DePaul (9-0), Louisville (11-0), Marquette (7-0), and South Florida (9-0) — that joined the Big East for the 2005-06 season. UConn (13-1 overall, 1-1 Big East) is also 4-0 at the Al McGuire Center.