By Carl Adamec
STORRS, Conn. — With individual milestones from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kelly Faris, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team made some school history Saturday in its 90-30 Big East rout of Seton Hall at Gampel Pavilion.
The 2012-13 Huskies are now the fourth UConn team to have four active 1,000-point scorers. Junior Bria Hartley leads the way with 1,234 points followed by junior Stefanie Dolson (1,147), sophomore Mosqueda-Lewis (1,012), and senior Faris (1,000).
The first UConn team with four 1,000-point scorers was the 2000-01 squad with seniors Svetlana Abrosimova and Shea Ralph, and juniors Tamika Williams and Swin Cash. Abrosimova was the first to reach the milestone in 1999 with Ralph getting there a season later. Williams and Cash made it in 2001 with Cash doing it in the Huskies’ NCAA Final Four semifinal loss to Notre Dame in St. Louis.
The 2001-02 national championship team had four 1,000-point scorers as Williams and Cash were joined by senior classmates Asjha Jones and Sue Bird.
The 2004-05 Huskies had all four of their 1,000-point scorers reach the milestone in a two-month stretch of the season. Senior Jessica Moore was first as she did it versus George Mason on Dec. 27, 2004, followed by junior Barbara Turner against Seton Hall on Jan. 22, 2005. Junior Ann Strother was next on Feb. 3, 2005, versus Rutgers, with senior Ashley Battle making it a foursome on Senior Night against Pittsburgh on Feb. 22, 2005.
The 2008-09 national championship team just missed having four with senior Renee Montgomery, junior Tina Charles, and sophomore Maya Moore nearly being joined by junior Kalana Greene. But Greene came out of the NCAA final against Louisville with 999 points and needed to wait until the next season’s opener against Northeastern to reach the plateau.
No UConn team has had five active 1,000-point scorers. Jones finished the 2001 season with 955 points while Diana Taurasi finished the 2002 campaign with 925 points.
Mosqueda-Lewis became the fourth UConn sophomore — joining Abrosimova, Maya Moore, and Hartley — to reach the 1,000-point plateau when she made her second straight 3-pointer with 3:57 gone Saturday. Faris hit 1,000 with 6:20 left when she stole a pass from the Pirates’ Alexis Brown, raced down the floor to split two defenders, and scooped home a layup that brought the house down.
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 Battle in 2005.
Hartley reached 1,000 in last season’s NCAA Final Four semifinal loss to Notre Dame in Denver. Dolson made it against Syracuse on Jan. 19.
Who’s next to 1,000? Fifth-year senior Caroline Doty is the leader outside the 1,000 club in points with 701. But she would have to average 25 points and the Huskies would have to reach the Big East and NCAA tournament finals for her to get there. Since her career high in 120 games is 18 points, the odds are kind of against her. The much better bet is freshman Breanna Stewart. She has 320 points in her first 25 games.
UConn (25-2 overall, 12-1 Big East) plays host to hapless Pittsburgh (9-17, 0-13) at the XL Center in Hartford Tuesday (7 p.m., SNY). The Huskies trail Notre Dame by one game in the Big East race with three games to go. The Irish blasted DePaul in Chicago Sunday.