No. 3 UConn 61, No. 5 Duke 45

No. 3 Connecticut traveled to Cameron Indoor Stadium and made

itself right at home inside No. 5 Duke’s famously noisy arena.

Again.

UConn, the last visiting team to win at Cameron, snapped the

Blue Devils’ 34-game home winning streak with a 61-45 victory

Monday night, forcing Duke to miss 19 consecutive shots during one

stretch.

The Huskies made the Blue Devils look panicked and uncomfortable

while holding them to a season-low 24.6 percent shooting and

keeping them without a basket for roughly 12 minutes en route to

their 10th straight win.

Bria Hartley scored 15 points and Caroline Doty added 11 points

for the Huskies (20-2), who shot 45 percent and overcame 21

turnovers by forcing 15 from Duke.

”This particular group, I’m surprised, but we’re a really good

defensive team. … It’s difficult for teams to get comfortable

against us, because you might have a different kid guarding you

every time down the floor,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. ”But

the effort was unbelievable. We kind of pride ourselves on that. We

think we’re the best defensive team in the country, and kids buy

into that. And they’re not an easy team to defend.”

Maybe not, but at times UConn sure made it look that way.

Chelsea Gray scored 13 points for the Blue Devils (17-3), who

had won 11 straight overall. It was their first setback at Cameron

since UConn visited two years ago and handed them an 81-48

loss.

Elizabeth Williams added 10 points on 3-of-15 shooting for Duke,

and her layup with just under 18 minutes left was the Blue Devils’

last basket until Haley Peters hit a 3-pointer with fewer than 6

minutes remaining.

Duke finished with only eight assists on its 17 baskets after

its offense too often disintegrated into one-on-one battles and not

enough passing against an aggressive UConn defense that Auriemma

said was determined to take away the lane and turn the Blue Devils

into a jump-shooting team.

”It’s a great lesson for our team. A great lesson on what not

to do offensively, and how not to, I guess, rush yourself and do

some things that we” shouldn’t do, coach Joanne P. McCallie

said.

Duke trailed by 14 late in the first half before putting

together a 12-3 run that bridged the break. The Blue Devils forced

five turnovers in the first six minutes of the half, and Williams

helped Duke close to 34-29 with a free throw with 17:19 left.

That’s when UConn took over and began stretching its lead with

3-pointers. The Huskies hit four – two by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis –

in a 9-minute stretch before Tiffany Hayes added a bucket in the

lane, pushing it to 50-33 with just over 7 minutes left, and Duke

didn’t get closer than 12 the rest of the way.

”They did a good job of clogging the lane a little bit, and

sometimes we would take too many dribbles,” Gray said.

Stefanie Dolson added 10 points and Kiah Stokes had 11 of her 12

rebounds on the defensive end for UConn.

The Huskies entered with the nation’s toughest defense by

shooting percentage, holding opponents to 30 percent. They forced

the Blue Devils into their worst shooting night by far – their

previous low was 32 percent in a loss to Notre Dame.

”That’s how you want to play on the road,” Hartley said.

The Huskies have dominated this series lately, winning five

straight and routing Duke twice last season – including a 36-point

loss that ended the Blue Devils’ unbeaten start to 2010-11 and a

35-point romp in the NCAA tournament with a Final Four berth on the

line.

Unlike those two meetings, this one wasn’t over at halftime.

”I hope this team thinks we can beat anybody, and there’s

something wrong with them if they don’t,” McCallie said. ”And

they’re really going to regret when they see this film

(Tuesday).”

Dolson gave UConn its largest lead of the half when her layup

with just under 3 minutes left made it 31-17.

Gray had 11 points at halftime on 4-of-10 shooting – with three

3-pointers – while the rest of the Blue Devils were a combined 6 of

24 from the field. Duke’s 31-23 halftime deficit marked the first

time it trailed at the break, and its 29 percent shooting was a

season low for a first half.