Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis did not want to get into a 3-point shooting contest with Villanova Tuesday. The Wildcats specialize in launching shots from beyond the arc.
Mosqueda-Lewis thought it would be more beneficial for the third-ranked Huskies to work the ball inside to center Stefanie Dolson. The strategy proved to be effective, but Mosqueda-Lewis also found some space on the perimeter.
Dolson finished with 20 points and eight rebounds and Mosqueda-Lewis added 19 points, four rebounds and five assists to lead UConn to a 76-43 win before 10,324 at the XL Center. Mosqueda-Lewis was 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
The Huskies (19-1, 6-1 Big East) have won 10 straight games and 28 of 30 overall against Villanova.
The Wildcats (16-4, 5-1) entered the game ranked eighth in the nation in scoring defense (50.0). UConn surpassed the mark with 15:53 remaining in the game.
Breanna Stewart added 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks for UConn. Kelly Faris had six points, eight rebounds and four assists.
The Huskies opened the game by scoring the first seven points. They added runs of 10-0 and 15-0 in the half.
UConn led by 20 (34-14) with 8:15 left in the first half. The Huskies led by as many 30 in the half.
Jesse Carey led Villanova with nine points (3-of-8 3-pointers). The Wildcats, who missed their first nine 3-pointers, shot 27.6 percent from the field.