By Carl Adamec
Caroline Doty is the oldest player on the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. But even the fifth-year senior was five months shy of being born the last time a Huskies’ player had a triple-double.
Her bid for a triple-double was about the only thing that made the second half of No. 1 UConn’s game at Oregon Monday interesting. With the outcome decided, though, Doty spent the final eight minutes on the bench. She settled for her first career double-double in 105 games as the Huskies rolled past the Ducks 95-51 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.
Doty finished with 14 points, a career high 12 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and two blocked shots. All seven of her assists came in the first half. She got her double-double by burying a 3-pointer with 16:24 left.
UConn has not had a triple-double since Laura Lishness did it in the 1989 Big East tournament final against Providence.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led six Huskies in double figures with 19 points. Stefanie Dolson added 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Doty was followed in the scoring column by Kelly Faris with 13 and Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson with 10 apiece. Faris and Tuck had seven rebounds each with Tuck adding five steals.
UConn (12-0) did not trail as it scored the game’s first 12 points. Baskets by Dolson and Faris got it started and Doty followed with a 3-pointer. A Dolson hoop off a steal and pass by Faris and a
Mosqueda-Lewis trey made it 12-0. Oregon (2-10) pulled within six at 19-13, but the Huskies answered with a 13-2 run capped by a Doty 3-pointer to push the lead to 17. UConn closed the first half with a 15-0 run that included treys by Brianna Banks, Mosqueda-Lewis and Faris for a 54-24 lead at the break. Oregon got no closer than 29 in the second half.
It was the initial meeting between UConn and Oregon and the Huskies have now won 71 straight against first-time opponents.
Jillian Alleyne had 18 points for Oregon.