Final: No. 3 UConn 94, DePaul 61

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Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Stefanie Dolson have been two players that UConn was able to count on throughout the regular season. Nothing changed Sunday as the third-Ranked Huskies opened the postseason.

Mosqueda-Lewis finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals to lead the Huskies to a 94-61 victory over DePaul in the Big East tournament quarterfinals at the XL Center. Dolson added 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

The second-seeded Huskies (28-3) will meet the Syracuse/Villanova-winner tonight in the semifinals (8; ESPNU). Top-seeded Notre Dame will face fourth-seeded Louisville in the other semifinal tonight (6).

STAR OF THE GAME: Breanna Stewart. She had 21 points (9-of-12 FG) and six rebounds in 26 minutes.

KEY TO THE WIN: UConn freshmen Moriah Jefferson, Stewart and Morgan Tuck combined for 42 points and 13 rebounds in 60 minutes. … The Huskies used an 11-0 run, sparked by 3-pointers by Stewart and Mosqueda-Lewis to open a 25-11 lead with 11:51 left in the half. They later finished the half with a 19-5 run over the final 9:04 to open a 49-23 lead at halftime. … The Huskies committed just two turnovers in the first half, including none over the first 12:54. … The Huskies held DePaul to 26.7 percent from the field (3-of-13 3-pointers) in the first half.

WORTH NOTING: The Huskies have won 16 straight Big East tournament games. They set the record by winning 29 straight games 1994-2003. … Jefferson made her first career start for the Huskies. … DePaul’s Brittany Hrynko was 1-of-8 from the field (1-of-5 3-pointers). She was a combined 1-of-23 (1-of-12 3-pointers) in two games against UConn this season. … With 193 career 3-pointers, Mosqueda-Lewis has set the team record for a two-season total. Wendy Davis made a combined 192 in 1990-91 and 1991-92. … Kelly Faris is third all-time in team history in consecutive starts (107) and fifth in consecutive games played (146).

UP NEXT: Big East tournament semifinals tonight vs. Syracuse/Villanova-winner at XL Center, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

Rich

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One Response

  1. Elliott says:

    It was DePaul. We’ve been here before. Stewart and other youngsters played well. UConn rolled. All was well. Until Notre Dame taunted UConn again. It was DePaul. Geno built UConn with the hopes of winning a NC. Doug did not build DePaul in the same manner. Neither did 99% of WCBB. Stewart, Jefferson, Stokes, and Hartley still have to provide productive minutes in the BET final, E8, F4.