Some things never seem to change when it comes to the UConn and Louisville women’s basketball teams. The games are going to be physical. The games are going to lack extended offensive consistency.
One other thing that seems to be consistent is the success that the third–ranked Huskies have had against the 15th-ranked Cardinals. And it continued Tuesday as UConn earned a 72-58 victory before 8,702 at the XL Center.
The Huskies (15-1, 3-1 Big East) have won 12 straight games against the Cardinals (14-4, 2-2).
Stefanie Dolson had 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists to lead UConn. She needs eight points to become the 36th player in program history to reach 1,000 points.
Bria Hartley added 16 points (2-of-10 3-pointers) and seven rebounds for the Huskies. Kelly Faris finished with 13 points, four rebounds and seven assists.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Huskies shot 43.8 percent from the field (9-of-29 3-pointers). They also committed 18 turnovers.
The teams combined to shoot 35.8 percent from the field (6-of-28 3-pointers) and commit 25 turnovers in the first half. Louisville shot 31.0 percent (2-of-10) and committed 13 turnovers.
UConn used a 10-2 run to open a 26-14 lead with 7:30 left in the half. The Huskies led 37-23 at halftime, largely due to the contributions of Dolson and Hartley. They both produced 10 points and seven rebounds.
Louisville closed to within 11 with 11:30 left in the game. But Faris answered with a 3-pointer to trigger a 10-2 run.
The Huskies led by as many as 23 down the stretch.
Shoni Schimmel had 14 points (6-of-16 FG) to lead Louisville. The Cardinals shot 34.3 percent from the field (4-of-19 3-pointers) and committed 16 turnovers.