At the half: UConn 56, Providence 29

By Carl Adamec

PROVIDENCE — There are no surprises here at Alumni Hall. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has 13 points as the third-ranked University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has taken a commanding 56-29 halftime lead over Providence Tuesday night.

But don’t let the lopsided score totally fool you. The Friars have played very well for most of the period. But they are still no match for UConn (22-1 overall, 9-1 Big East), which is well on its way to its 28th straight win over PC and 11th consecutive win overall.

Tori Rule’s 3-point basket gave the Friars (7-16, 2-8) a one-point lead. But Mosqueda-Lewis and Caroline Doty answered with treys to start an 11-0 run. All five UConn starters had hit the scoring column with just 2:20 gone.

Nine unanswered points, including five by Kelly Faris, made it 30-8. Morgan Tuck gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the half at 28.

Stefanie Dolson has 10 points for UConn while Faris, making her 100 consecutive start, has eight points, four rebounds, and four assists. UConn is shooting 66.7 percent from the floor and is 15-for-16 from the foul line. Rule has 11 points for PC.