UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma would like to see sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis take as many shots as possible in every game that she plays. She came out firing Saturday against Seton Hall.
Mosqueda-Lewis scored 14 points in the first 7:29 and finished with a game-high 18 to lead the third-ranked Huskies to a 90-30 win before 9,107 at Gampel Pavilion. She finished 6-of-8 from the field (4-of-5 3-pointers) and also had five rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes.
Heather Buck, Caroline Doty and Kelly Faris were honored during an emotional pregame ceremony as part of UConn’s annual Senior Day festivities.
The Huskies (25-2, 12-1 Big East) have not lost back-to-back games in a span of 720 games (667-53) dating back to the final two games of the 1992-93 season. UConn has six wins over Seton Hall (9-18, 4-10) during this streak.
Mosqueda-Lewis also became the 37th player in team history Saturday to reach 1,000 points (1,012) on a 3-pointer with 16:03 left in the first half. She did so in her 64th game, joining Maya Moore (55 games), Svetlana Abrosimova (63) and Bria Hartley (76) as the only UConn players to reach the milestone during their sophomore season.
Faris added 18 points, three rebounds, seven assists and a season-high seven steals for the Huskies. She became the 38th player in team history to score 1,000 points (1,000) on a breakaway layup with 6:20 remaining in the game.
It is the second time that UConn has had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game. Carla Berube and Nykesha Sales reached the mark against Western Kentucky Nov. 17, 1996 at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion.
Breanna Stewart had 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks for UConn. Stefanie Dolson had 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Huskies scored the first seven points of the game as part of a 16-5 run. They led by 20 with 9:00 left first half and 44-15 at halftime.
Terry Green had 12 points to lead Seton Hall. The Pirates shot 20 percent from the field and committed 25 turnovers.
STAR OF THE GAME: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half and added five rebounds and to steals.
KEYS TO THE WIN: Mosqueda-Lewis scored 14 points (4-of-4 3-pointers) during an 18-8 run over the first 7:29. … The Huskies opened the second half with a 12-0 run. … The Huskies scored 33 points off of 25 turnovers … The Huskies had 21 offensive rebounds.
WORTH NOTING: Faris is the first senior to reach 1,000 points on Senior Day since Ashley Battle in 2005. … Faris became the ninth player in team history to reach 500 assists. … UConn coach Geno Auriemma joined Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer (Pac-12) as the only coaches to win 400 games in a single conference. Auriemma is 400-60 all-time in the Big East. … The Huskies have won 29 straight games against Seton Hall and 44 of 45 overall in the series. … The Huskies have clinched a double bye into the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament March 10 at the XL Center. … Seton Hall head coach Anne Donovan has already been hired as the head coach of the Connecticut Sun.
NEXT: Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh at XL Center, 7 p.m. (SNY)