By Carl Adamec
STORRS, Conn. — Poor Seton Hall.
The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has not lost back-to-back games in almost 20 years. Of the 53 times the Huskies have come off a loss since the start of the 1993-94 season, the opponent they have faced the most is Seton Hall. Not only did the Pirates have to face that again Saturday, it was also UConn’s Senior Day.
The results were predictable.
Kelly Faris and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 18 points each, with both reaching the 1,000 plateau, as the third-ranked Huskies routed the Pirates 90-30 before a crowd of 9,107 at Gampel Pavilion.
UConn (25-2 overall, 12-1 Big East) reached the 25-win plateau for a nation’s best 20th straight season. The Huskies also clinched a double-bye into the Big East tournament quarterfinals and with one more win will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed. They will begin defense of the tourney title on Sunday, March 10, at either 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford.
Their streak of games without consecutive losses reached 720.
Seton Hall (9-18, 4-10) is 0-6 against UConn following a Huskies’ loss in the last 20 season. UConn’s average margin of victory is 51.0. The Pirates have not beaten the Huskies in Connecticut in coach Geno Auriemma’s 28 years here.
UConn honored its seniors — Faris, Caroline Doty, and Heather Buck — prior to their game but it was a sophomore that made some early noise.
Mosqueda-Lewis became the fourth UConn sophomore — joining Svetlana Abrosimova, Maya Moore, and Bria Hartley — to reach the 1,000-point plateau when she made her second straight 3-pointer with 3:57 gone. She was 4-for-4 from behind the arc in the first half.
UConn led wire to wire in defeating Seton Hall for a Big East record 29th straight time. The Huskies scored the first seven points and then broke it open with a 14-0 run, including eight points by Breanna Stewart, to take a 30-8 lead. It was 44-15 at halftime.
Seton Hall got no closer. The only suspense of the second half was whether Faris would also reach the 1,000 milestone. She did so with 6:20 left on a steal, full-court dash, and layup.
It’s the second time in UConn history the Huskies have had two players score their 1,000th point in the same game. On Nov. 17, 1996, Carla Berube and Nykesha Sales reached the plateau against Western Kentucky in a game played at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion. Faris is the first senior to do it on Senior Day since Ashley Battle in 2005.
Faris also registered her 500th career assist. She now needs 14 rebounds to join three-time Wade Trophy winner Maya Moore as the only Huskies with 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 500 assists, and 250 steals in their careers.
Stewart finished with 16 points off the bench. Stefanie Dolson had 12 points and nine rebounds. Terry Green had 12 points for Seton Hall.
UConn plays its final regular season home game Tuesday when it takes on Pittsburgh at the XL Center in Hartford.