Stefanie Dolson has 11 points, five rebounds and three assists to lead UConn. Kelly Faris has nine points, three rebounds, three assists and four steals.
The Huskies are shooting just 35.9 percent from the field (4-of-15 3pointers).
It was a half filled with runs. The Huskies used a 10-2 run to take an 18-15 lead with 11:45 left in the half. But the Irish answered with a 14-2 run to open a 29-20 lead with 6:57 left.
UConn ultimately finished the half with a 10-4 run.
Kayla McBride has 11 points to lead the Irish.