At the half: UConn 62, Marquette 17

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — It’s bombs away for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team Tuesday night.

The third-ranked Huskies have hit 10 3-pointers in the first half — including a 5-for-5 effort by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis — as they are blowing out Marquette 62-17 at halftime in Big East action at Gampel Pavilion.

Marquette actually led 3-0. But UConn (20-1 overall, 7-1 Big East) responded with 19 straight points, including a trio of treys by Caroline Doty, to take the lead for good. After a 3-pointer by Arlesia Morse made it 19-6, the Huskies came back with 12 unasnwered points. Then after Marquette’s Katherine Plouffe made a layup, it was an 11-0 UConn run for a 42-8 lead. The Golden Eagles (11-10, 3-5) then put six straight points together. How did UConn answer? With a 20-0 run including eight points by Mosqueda-Lewis and six by Breanna Stewart.

The Huskies are 10-for-13 from behind the arc and 12-for-22 from two-point land. The best 3-point shooting performance (by percentage) is Doty’s 6-for-6 against Oklahoma on Nov. 30, 2008. Doty is 3-for-3 on treys Tuesday night.

Mosqueda-Lewis, who was averaging 25.5 points in two games against Marquette, has 19 points. Doty, Kelly Faris, and Bria Hartley have nine points each and Stefanie Dolson and Stewart eight apiece. Faris also has five rebounds and four assists. Her first assist moved her past Ketia Swanier and alone into 10th place on UConn’s all-time list. Morgan Tuck (knee) has not played. Pumroy has five points for Marquette.