By Carl Adamec
Midway through the first half at the XL Center Wednesday night, Division II Holy Family had a one-point halftime lead on the No. 2-ranked team in the country.
A little normalcy returned through the next 10 minutes as UConn used 3-point shooting to take a 58-38 lead at intermission before a sparse crowd in Hartford. Yes, Holy Family scored 38 points in 20 minutes against a Division I team that perenially is among the leaders nationally in scoring defense.
How mediocre was the Huskies’ effort at the defensive end? Holy Family was shooting the double bonus with 4:52 left in the period. UConn never made it into the one-and-one.
Fourteen times in 38 games a year ago UConn’s opponents were held to 38 or fewer points for 40 minutes.
Holy Family actually took leads of 17-16 and 20-19 against the Huskies on 3-point baskets by Ana Cruz. But Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis hit a pair of treys in a 11-0 run that put the Huskies in front. Breanna Stewart took charge in the final minutes as UConn opened up a lead.
Stewart leads UConn with 13 points while Mosqueda-Lewis has 11. Stefanie Dolson, Moriah Jefferson, and Brianna Banks have eight each. The Huskies shot 61 percent from the floor but have 10 turnovers. Cruz has 11 points for Holy Family.