By Carl Adamec
WASHINGTON — The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team went the final seven years and 10 months of Bill Clinton’s presidency, both terms of George W. Bush’s presidency, and nearly into the second term of President Barack Obama without losing back-to-back games.
That streak wasn’t about to end in our nation’s capital Wednesday night.
The third-ranked Huskies rebounded from their loss to Notre Dame with a 75-48 Big East win over Georgetown before 2,387 at McDonough Arena, though they weren’t exactly impressive doing it.
Kelly Faris had 14 of her 15 points in the first half for UConn. Also in double figures were Stefanie Dolson (13), Bria Hartley (12), and Breanna Stewart (12). Stewart notched a double-double by adding 13 rebounds.
Sugar Rodgers had 23 points for Georgetown on 8-for-22 shooting from the floor.
UConn (13-1 overall, 1-1 Big East) has not lost back-to-back games since falling to Providence in the Big East tournament semifinals and Louisville in the NCAA tournament first round to end the 1992-93 season, a stretch of 707 games. Duke has the nation’s second-longest current streak without consecutive losses at 178.
UConn spotted Georgetown the first basket and then ran off 12 unanswered points as five players hit the scoring column. A 3-pointer by Faris and a hoop by Dolson gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the half at 28-11 with 8:09 left. Rodgers, the Big East’s leading scorer, then came alive to score nine of her team’s next 11 points as Georgetown pulled within 31-22. But Faris ended the half with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 38-23 at the break.
Georgetown got no closer than 12 the rest of the way. All-American Hartley, who had missed seven of her first eight shots, hit a trio of 3-pointers in an 82-second span to push the lead to 20 with 14:26 left. The Huskies’ biggest lead was 31.
Kiah Stokes made her first appearance in a game since Dec. 6 with 11:28 left. She played 10 minutes and did not score. UConn was without freshman Morgan Tuck (right knee bone bruise).
Georgetown (10-5, 1-1) has lost 28 straight to UConn and has not beaten the Huskies at McDonough Arena since 1992.