By Carl Adamec
Kelly Faris spent her first three seasons with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team doing about everything well — with the exception of shooting the ball.
Coming into her senior year Faris shot just 41.9 percent from the floor and 30.0 percent from 3-point land on what is perennially one of the nation’s top-shooting teams.
But through six games of the 2012-13 season, the Plainfield, Ind., native has been different. She still does the little things but is now making big shots. She entered Wednesday’s game against Colgate leading the Big East in field-goal percentage and tied for first place with South Florida’s Andrea Smith in 3-point shooting.
Faris helped her cause Wednesday. She was 5-for-6 from the floor and made all three of her tries from 3-point land, finishing with 17 points as No. 2 UConn routed Colgate 101-41 before a crowd of 7,934 at the XL Center in Hartford. With her effort, she raised her shooting percentage to 75.0 percent from the floor and 64.2 percent from behind the arc.
She had 15 of her points in the first half as the Huskies (6-0) led wire to wire.
Faris also had five rebounds, five assists, and three steals while registering her first career four-point play.
UConn, which has trailed in a game since giving up the first basket of the season to College of Charleston on Nov. 11, scored the first 12 points against Colgate.
Two baskets by Stefanie Dolson got it started and Faris followed with her four-point play. Hoops by Breanna Stewart and Dolson capped the run.
It was 49-22 at halftime and Colgate (2-4) got no closer than 26. Heather Buck’s layup put UConn in triple figures.
Brianna Banks paced the Huskies with 20 points and was joined in double figures by Dolson (18), Faris, and Stewart (12). Stewart also had a game high eight rebounds. Jhazmine Lynch led Colgate with nine points.