The women’s basketball team came out firing on all fronts Tuesday night as six Huskies reached double figures in a 94-37 Big East win over Marquette.
Holding the Golden Eagles (11-11, 3-6) scoreless for nearly 11 minutes of the first half, the Huskies (21-1, 8-1) were led by the near perfect shooting of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis ’15 (CLAS), who hit her first eight shots, including five consecutive three-pointers, before leaving the game with 22 points and 6 rebounds.
“I don’t know how you can be better,” said head coach Geno Auriemma. “When she’s in the game, it’s almost like I never want to take out. You talk about somebody that I never want out of the game. She didn’t commit one foul. I want it to be like that all year. I don’t ever want her to think about fouling anybody because I know in a three-minute stretch she’s going to blow the game open. That’s how much confidence we have in her right now.”
Bria Hartley ’14 (CLAS) had her best game in recent weeks with 20 points, Caroline Doty ’13 (CLAS) had 12 points and Stefanie Dolson ’14 (CLAS) showed no lingering effects from her weekend illness in scoring 15 points. Kelly Faris ’13 (CLAS) had 11 points and Breanna Stewart ’16 (CLAS) scored 10 points. Kiah Stokes ’15 (CLAS), Stewart and Faris each had 7 rebounds.
Marquette was held to 25 percent shooting from the field, as guard Brooklyn Pumroy was the only player in double figures with 11 points.
Responding to a question about the Huskies returning to a more fluid offense and running the floor better against Marquette than they did in struggling over the weekend against St. John’s, Auriemma said:
“We talked a lot about this time of the year what happens is teams become very constricted; you don’t want to make a lot of mistakes. I felt we were doing that, becoming way too constricted. We had a lot of discussions with the coaching staff when we got back [from St. John’s] that this is not the time to be walking the ball up the floor and trying to make the perfect pass, get the perfect set. It’s not the way to go. I think the way to go is you’ve gotta play in February and March the way you played in November and December. You just played because you’re not worried about anything. As the season goes on you start to nit pick on things. I wanted them to be in a good spot today, and they responded.”
NOTES: The season of sophomore guard Brianna Banks ’15 (CLAS), who left the St. John’s game after an injury, is over. Tests showed Banks suffered a torn ACL and will require surgery.
As part of the halftime recognition of student-athletes who are Honor Roll students with a 3.0 or better, Heather Buck ’13 (NUR), Dolson, Doty, Stokes and Faris were recognized. Faris was singled out for having attained a 4.0 during the Fall 2010 semester.
Senior Huskies goaltender Matt Grogan ’13 (CLAS) was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week. He leads the AHA with a 1.77 goals against average and a .945 save percentage and ranks ninth in the NCAA in goals against average and fourth in the nation in save percentage.
Grogan led the men’s ice hockey team to a 3-1 victory at RIT with 34 saves last Friday and improved his overall record to 6-2-2.
On the season is 11-12-3 with an 8-9-2 record for 18 points in the conference and sits in a three-way tie for eighth in the AHA standings with RIT and Army.
The Huskies return to action against Bentley in a home-and-home series beginning on Friday at Bentley at 7:05 p.m. The two teams will finish the season series in Storrs on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets are still available at UConnhuskies.com or by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN. Tickets can also be purchased at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum beginning at 6 p.m. on the day of games. The games will be broadcast on WHUS at 91.7fm or online at WHUS.org. There will be live video linked to UConnhuskies.com as well.
Junior guard Shabazz Napier ’13 (CLAS) was named Big East Player of the Week on Monday after leading the men’ basketball team to a pair of overtime wins, averaging 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game and shooting 57.9 percent from the field.
He scored 18 points, including eight in overtime, in an 82-79 win at Providence and had 24 points, including 11 in OT, in a 69-64 win against USF. He leads the Huskies in scoring and is fifth in the Big East with an average of 17.2 points per game.
Napier, R.J. Evans ’13 (CLAS), Niels Giffey ’14 (CLAS) and Leon Tolksdorf ’16 (CLAS) were honored before the South Florida game for making the honor roll in the fall semester, 3.0 or higher in GPA.
The Huskies (15-5, 5-3) travel to Madison Square Garden tonight to face St. John’s (14-8, 6-4), starting at 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPNU and the UConn IMG Sports Network.
UConnHuskies.com will provide updated information for Husky fans on Football National Letter of Intent Signing Day on Wednesday, starting at 7 a.m.
The coverage will include:
*On the Twitter account @UConnFootball, each signee will be announced as soon as their letter has been received and certified.
* There will be a live blog starting at for Husky fans to chat and give their thoughts on this year’s class.
* As soon as possible, a biography, pictures and highlight videos of each signee will be posted throughout the day.
* Beginning at 3:30 p.m. the official Signing Day Press Conference featuring head coach Paul Pasqualoni will be streamed live on Huskies All-Access.