By Carl Adamec
Freshman Breanna Stewart had 21 points as the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its 17th straight regular season opener by defeating College of Charleston 103-39 before 6,221 at Gampel Pavilion Sunday afternoon.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (19), Morgan Tuck (15), Stefanie Dolson (11), Caroline Doty (10), and Brianna Banks (10) were also in double figures for UConn.
The Huskies erased Charleston’s only lead of the game (2-0) as Mosqueda-Lewis hit three straight 3-pointers in a 19-0 run. A 22-0 run extended the UConn lead to 41-7 and it was 57-13 at halftime.
Kelly Faris’ layup with 2:21 left got the Huskies into triple figures.
Dolson also had nine rebounds and eight assists. Mosqueda-Lewis also had eight rebounds, four assists, and five steals.
UConn has not lost a regular season opener since November 1995 when it fell to Louisiana Tech in overtime at the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic in Knoxville, Tenn.
Before the game, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma and associate head coach Chris Dailey received commemorative basketballs marking Auriemma’s 800th career win. The Hall of Fame coach reached the milestone when the Huskies defeated Notre Dame in the 2012 Big East Tournament final.
Alyssa Frye had 14 points for Charleston (1-1). This is the final game of a two-game deal between the schools. The Huskies defeated the Cougars 72-24 a year ago.