By Carl Adamec
HARTFORD, Conn. — It was a late night but at least it wasn’t too long a night for the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team Tuesday.
Stefanie Dolson had 16 points and nine rebounds as the third-ranked Huskies downed No. 15 Louisville 72-58 in Big East action before 8,702 at the XL Center.
Bria Hartley played 33 minutes and also scored 16 points while Kelly Faris added 13 points for UConn (15-1 overall, 3-1 Big East), which was playing only its second home game since Dec. 19. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis chipped in 12.
The Huskies are 45-0 against the five former Conference USA teams — Cincinnati (7-0), DePaul (9-0), Louisville (12-0), Marquette (8-0), and South Florida (9-0) — that joined the Big East for the 2005-06 season. They are 11-1 all-time against the Cardinals. Louisville’s only win against UConn came in the 1993 NCAA tournament first round in Storrs. It was the second straight loss for the Huskies. They have not lost back-to-back in 709 games since.
Shoni Schimmel had 14 points for Louisville (14-4, 2-2).
The Huskies gave up the first basket for their only deficit of the game, which tipped off at 9:10 p.m. Leading 16-12, UConn used a 10-2 run to take command. Hartley scored the first six points followed by baskets by Dolson and Moriah Jefferson. It was 37-23 at halftime.
Louisville was within 50-39 before 3-pointers by Faris and Mosqueda-Lewis sandwiched around two Brianna Banks free throws put it away. UConn’s largest lead was 72-49 with 2:19 left. The Cardinals scored the final nine points.
Hartley did not come out of the game until 13:01 remained. The junior hurt her bothersome left ankle Saturday at Marquette after playing only five minutes following a collision with Marquette’s Katherine Plouffe while going for a loose ball.
Freshman forward Breanna Stewart missed her second straight game with a sprained left ankle suffered in Friday’s practice while doing a rebounding drill. She did go through pregame warmups.
UConn hosts Syracuse Saturday (4 p.m., SNY).