No. 2 UConn 101, Colgate 41

Connecticut is looking forward to December and perhaps a test

from a few ranked teams.

November hasn’t been a challenge.

Brianna Banks scored a career-high 20 points and Stefanie Dolson

added 18 and the Huskies routed Colgate 101-41, keeping the program

undefeated in November for the eighth consecutive year.

Banks hit four of her five shots from 3-point range for UConn

(6-0). Kelly Faris also had 17 points, to go along with five

rebounds and five assists.

”Games like this aren’t as much fun,” Banks said. ”If we’re

up by 30 at halftime, it’s just like we’re going through plays in

practice.”

Jhazmine Lynch led Colgate (2-4) with nine points.

The Huskies came into the game with an average margin of victory

of just over 46 points per game. No team has come within 30 of them

this season.

UConn again dominated down low, outscoring the Raiders 50-2 in

the paint. The Huskies have scored 261 points in the post this

season, compared to 54 for its opponents.

”Our guards are driving the ball better, not always taking the

jump shot,” Dolson said. ”They’re dishing it to whoever is open

and I think we’re doing well working well with each other.”

UConn led from the start, holding Colgate scoreless for the

first 3 minutes, jumping out to a 12-0 lead led by three layups

from Dolson, who hit seven of her first eight shots.

Faris had 15 points before halftime. Dolson and Banks each had

14. A Faris 3-pointer with 7:30 left in the half gave the Huskies

their first 20-point lead at 37-15. They led 49-22 at the

break.

”It was a good experience to say, `This is the best, try to

compete every possession,”’ Colgate coach Nicci Hays Fort said.

”We competed in maybe 75 percent of the possessions.”

Connecticut played without sophomore forward Kaleena

Mosqueda-Lewis, who suffered a concussion late in Saturday’s win

over Purdue. Mosqueda-Lewis had been UConn’s second-leading scorer,

averaging over 16 points a game.

Coach Geno Auriemma said he hopes to have her back for next

Monday’s matchup with No. 11 Maryland.

In the meantime, he’s happy with the maturation of some of his

other players, including Banks, who averaged 3.6 points a game as a

freshman.

”She’s shooting the ball with a lot of confidence,” he said.

”And that has freed her up to just play instead of worry about,

`Should I shoot? Should I not.”’

The win gives UConn president Susan Herbst some family bragging

rights. Herbst’s brother, Jeffrey, is Colgate’s president and was

in Hartford to watch the game with his sister. The two exchanged

jerseys at midcourt before the tip.

Breanna Stewart, who led UConn in scoring in four of the team’s

first five games, had 12 points and led the Huskies with eight

rebounds. She came in averaging almost 18 points and just over six

rebounds per game.

UConn has won 45 straight games in the month of November since a

71-65 loss at North Carolina on Nov. 21, 2004.

The game was just the second at home for the Huskies this season

and the first in the 16,000-seat XL Center.

It starts a four-game homestand, which includes matchups against

the Terrapins and No. 6 Penn State next week, games that are

expected to be closer than the six the Huskies have had thus

far.

”We have enough players who have played in a lot of games and

they know what’s coming next Monday and they know what is coming

next Thursday,” Auriemma said. ”They know it’s not going to be

like it was tonight.”