Final: No. 2 UConn 63, No. 9 Maryland 48

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The UConn women’s basketball expected to be tested by No. 9 Maryland Monday in the Jimmy V Classic. The test was one that the second-ranked Huskies would pass with a steady display of grit and determination, especially from their post players.

Stefanie Dolson had 14 points and eight rebounds and Breanna Stewart had 13 points and six rebounds to lead UConn to a 63-48 win over No. 9 Maryland before 11,645 at the XL Center.

The Huskies (7-0) have won 20 straight games against ACC opponents.

Brianna Banks added 11 points for UConn (3-of-4 3-pointers). Kelly Faris added eight points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a career-high eight steals for UConn.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who did not play against Colgate Nov. 28 due to a concussion, did not play in the second half Monday due to a left quad contusion.

UConn made its second straight appearance – fifth overall – in the event. It was the second appearance for Maryland. However, this game carried special meaning for Terrapins coach Brenda Frese, whose 4-year-old son, Tyler, is battling leukemia.

Tianna Hawkins has 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Maryland (4-2).

STAR OF THE GAME: Dolson. She was physical. She was productive. And she proved to be the best post player in the court.

KEYS TO THE WIN: The Huskies went scoreless for a stretch of 5:33 in the half as Maryland closed to within 17-15 with 6:02 left. But Stewart answered with seven straight points and Mosqueda-Lewis followed with a 3-pointer to key a 16-5 run to end the half. … Brianna Banks hit a 3-pointer with 12:40 left and Bria Hartley had a three-point play to push UConn’s lead back to 46-33 in the second half. … The Huskies outscored the Terrapins 32-16 in the paint. … UConn forced 26 turnovers. … Maryland All-American Alyssa Thomas finished with six points (2-of-12 FG) and eight turnovers.

UP NEXT: Thursday vs. No. 10 Penn State at Gampel Pavilion, 7 p.m. (SNY)

Rich

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3 Responses

  1. Hee Haw says:

    Hartley stunk up the joint. She has become UConn’s version of Meghan Simmons. Poor judgement. Shooter first. “Point Guard” second. Doris Burke was 100% correct in her technical evaluation in Hartley. And I dislike Burke more than anyone.

  2. Slvrhwk says:

    I realize that this is only one game game but if Alyssa Thomas is a 1st string picked All American off of her performance against genuine competition tonight. What does this make Kelly, Steff & Stewie Who played rings around her? What are these pickers thinking? ( If they think at all?)Off night, the ladies need to tighten up before they go out to the Tree.

  3. Bam Bam Basketball says:

    Maryland’s objective appeared to be to beat up Dolson so much that she would throw a punch and get ejected. Thomas and company were not playing physical basketball. That was thugery by design. Benita and her 2 cohorts should not have let that go on. Congrats to Dolson for being the better person and taking it without a Griner like reaction.