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)