The UConn women’s basketball team knew it needed to cut down on its turnovers Monday. It would be the key in the second half Tuesday against No. 4 Duke.
The third-ranked Huskies controlled their mistakes. In turn, they gained control of the Blue Devils.
Kelly Faris had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and UConn used a 31-7 second-half run to secure a 79-49 victory over No. 4 Duke before 9,671 at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies committed only three turnovers in the second half. They had 12 in the first half.
UConn (17-1) has won 22 straight games against ACC opponents dating back to an 82-76 loss at North Carolina Jan. 15, 2007. They have won six straight against Duke by 29.3 points.
The Blue Devils (16-1) came into Gampel Pavilion for the second straight time as the lone remaining unbeaten team in Division I. They were 20-0 when UConn defeated them 87-51 Jan. 31, 2011.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added a game-high 21 points and six rebounds for UConn. Breanna Stewart had 13 points and five rebounds, while Bria Hartley finished with six points and a career-high nine assists.
The first half featured three ties and seven lead changes. UConn’s biggest lead was five. Duke led by as many as two.
But led Faris, Dolson, Mosqueda-Lewis and Stewart, UConn asserted itself early in the second half. Leading 34-32, the Huskies scored seven straight points to power the aforementioned 31-7 run.
Faris had seven points in the surge. Dolson, Mosqueda-Lewis and Stewart each had six
Duke missed five straight shots at one point and went scoreless for 5:31 as the game quickly turned into a rout.
UConn led by as many as 31 down the stretch.
Freshman Alexis Jones had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead Duke.