No. 3 Connecticut women beat Seton Hall 90-30
- Article by: PAT EATON-ROBB
- Associated Press
- February 23, 2013 - 6:56 PM
STORRS, Conn. - Seton Hall's starters missed their first 15 shots and turned the ball over 15 times against No. 3 Connecticut.
Kelly Faris and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 18 points to help the Huskies bounce back from their loss to top-ranked Baylor with a 90-30 rout of the Pirates on Saturday.
The win was the 29th straight for the Huskies over Seton Hall, and the 44th in 45 meetings.
Terry Green had 12 points for Seton Hall (9-18, 4-10), which lost for the 10th time in 12 games. Ka-Deidre Smith was the only starter to score, finishing with nine points, all in the second half.
The Huskies led by 29 points at halftime and then held the Pirates without a basket for the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half.
"We didn't have the starters score in the first half," said Seton Hall coach Anne Donovan. "We don't have a very deep bench anyway. So, when our starters didn't come out ready to go, it's going to be a long night."
Freshman Breanna Stewart added 16 points for UConn (25-2, 12-1 Big East), which earned its 400th Big East win under head coach Geno Auriemma.
Mosqueda-Lewis had 16 of her points in the first half as UConn built a 44-15 advantage.
She had three 3-pointers in UConn's game-opening 13-3 run. Her second made the sophomore the 37th player in UConn history to reach 1,000 points. Faris became the 38th when she stripped the ball from Seton Hall's Alexis Brown and hit a layup that made it 76-27.
"It felt good to get it off of a steal," she said.
Faris, one of three seniors honored before the game, had seven steals and seven assists.
"It's kind of been like her career," said UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of Faris. "She kind of has been in the right place in the right time, all the time."
The Huskies held Seton Hall to just 10 field goals and 20 percent shooting from the floor. Meanwhile UConn shot 52 percent, including 11-of-20 from 3-point range.
Seton Hall was coming off a win over Providence, but it's only other win since Jan. 9 was a three-point victory over Rutgers.
The 60-point loss was by far their worst of the season.
"Nobody bounces back from that train wreck easily," said Donovan. "We go to Louisville next, so we've got to regroup and get some good practices under our belt. We are coming down the home stretch now and we've done some good things this season, so this can't take away from those good things."
The Huskies win assures them of a double-bye in the upcoming Big East tournament.
Mosqueda-Lewis hit her first four shots from behind the arc and finished 6-of-8 from long distance. She is the third fastest player in program history to reach 1,000 points, doing it in just 64 games. Only Maya Moore (55) and Svetlana Abrosimova (63) did it quicker.
UConn, which fell to Baylor 76-70 on Monday, hasn't lost back-to-back games in 20 years, a span of 720 games.
With the win, Geno Auriemma joins Stanford's Tara VanDerveer as the only women's basketball coaches to win 400 games in a single conference. VanDerveer won her 400th Pac-12 game when Stanford beat Oregon on Feb. 1.
Donovan will be spending a lot more time in Connecticut soon. The Pirates head coach is leaving the university at the end of the season to take over the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, which plays 30 miles away at the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville.
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