By Carl Adamec
STORRS, Conn. — Here’s a memo to the person in the Big East office that decided that the University of Connecticut and Marquette women’s basketball teams should play twice in the regular season:
Really, really bad idea.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six players in double figures with 22 points as the third-ranked Huskies routed the Golden Eagles 94-37 in Big East action before an announced crowd of 6,430 at Gampel Pavilion Tuesday night.
UConn (21-1 overall, 8-1 Big East) needed a second home-and-home Big East series to go with its one against Notre Dame after West Virginia left for the Big 12 this season. It ended up being Marquette (10-12, 3-6), which is now 0-9 all-time against the Huskies. UConn pounded the Golden Eagles 85-51 in the first meeting Jan. 12 in Milwaukee.
But coach Geno Auriemma was able to substitute somewhat freely last month. But with Brianna Banks out for the season and Morgan Tuck being held out with right knee pain, the Hall of Famer had only nine players available though he did his best to hold the score down.
Marquette actually led 3-0. But UConn responded with 19 straight points, including a trio of treys by Caroline Doty, to take the lead for good. After a 3-pointer by Arlesia Morse made it 19-6, the Huskies came back with 12 unasnwered points. Then after Marquette’s Katherine Plouffe made a layup, it was an 11-0 UConn run for a 42-8 lead. The Golden Eagles then put six straight points together. How did UConn answer? With a 20-0 run including eight points by Mosqueda-Lewis and six by Breanna Stewart.
It was 62-17 at halftime and UConn’s biggest lead was 59.
The Huskies finished 15-for-23 from behind the arc, including 10-for-13 in the first half. Mosqueda-Lewis made her first five tries from long range before missing her only attempt of the second half. The best 3-point shooting performance (by percentage) is Doty’s 6-for-6 against Oklahoma on Nov. 30, 2008. Doty was 4-for-4 on treys Tuesday night.
Bria Hartley enjoyed one of her best shooting nights of the season and had 20 points. Also in double figures were Stefanie Dolson (15), Doty (12), Kelly Faris (11), and Stewart (10). Brooklyn Pumroy had 11 points for Marquette.
UConn plays host to DePaul at Gampel Pavilion Sunday.