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.”