Final: No. 3 UConn 87, Syracuse 62

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)


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4 Responses

  1. jesse says:

    ^^Even more reason to transfer….they’ve been there that long & have yet to play well in practice? again :/
    i bet doty has had plenty of crappy practices & compared to our bench warmers, still got more play than a flashy millionaire in a club full of gold diggers.

  2. Jamison says:

    Geno has made no bones about it. You earn playing time in practice. You don’t practice well, you don’t play much. Always been that way, always will as long as Geno’s there.

  3. jesse says:

    I’m confused as to why they play so little against “lesser” teams as well :/

  4. Geno Lost His Mind ? says:

    Banks and Jefferson are not going to get better playing less than 10 minutes agains an UNRANKED opponent. Explain what Banks and Jefferson learned today by watching STELLAR performaces by Doty and Hartley. Great way to build experience and confidence for next season.

    I have always been a UConn PLAYER fan, not a coaching fan. I would be HAPPY for Banks if she transferred before next season. If she expects to start and play 20+ minutes against Top 20 teams as a junior, it won’t happen at UConn. Banks could start on 90+ percent of D1 teams right now.

    So what if she had to redshirt 1 season. Many players do that. Besides, UConn’s chances for a National Championship will be LOWER next season when Faris is gone.