Turnovers continue to be a problem for the UConn women’s basketball team. However, they have not yet become a fatal flaw for the third-ranked Huskies.
Stefanie Dolson had a career-high 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists Saturday to lead UConn to an 87-62 victory over Syracuse before a season-high 14,786 at the XL Center. The Huskies committed 18 turnovers, including 10 in the first half.
Dolson also became the 36th player in team history to reach 1,000 points on a layup with 12:39 left in the first half. She has 1,017 career points.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 25 points, nine rebounds and four steals for UConn (16-1, 4-1 Big East). Breanna Stewart had 20 points and six rebounds in her return from a two-game absence due to an ankle injury.
Kelly Faris contributed eight points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Huskies.
Carmen Tyson-Thomas had 12 points and five rebounds to lead Syracuse (15-2, 3-1). The Orange shot 35.3 percent from the field and had 18 turnovers.
STAR OF THE GAME: Dolson. She carried the Huskies at times in scoring at least 20 points for the second time in the last three games.
KEYS TO THE WIN: Leading 28-27 with 5:48 left in the first half, the Huskies ended the first half with a 13-2 run. … They also used a 12-4 run in the second half to open a 68-46 lead with 9:4 left. … UConn finished with a 48-34 rebounding advantage and had 21 offensive rebounds.
WORTH NOTING: Sophomore center Kiah Stokes missed her sixth game this season due to a stress reaction in her right shin. She re-aggravated the injury during practice Friday. … Kelly Faris moved into eighth place in team history in steals (250). … Dolson has scored in double figures in a career-high eight straight games. … The Huskies have won 22 straight games against Syracuse dating back to a 62-59 loss Jan. 2, 1996. Syracuse star Kayla Alexander (season-lows four points, three rebounds) fouled out with 5:33 left in the game. With, 1,771 points, she needs 21 points to pass Nicole Michael to become the all-time leader in team history. She already holds the team career blocks record (315).
NEXT: Monday vs. No. 4 Duke at Gampel Pavilion, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)