No. 2 UConn 63, No. 9 Maryland 48

UConn senior Kelly Faris’ strong play doesn’t always show up on

the stat sheet. It was hard to miss her Monday night.

Faris had eight points, eight steals, seven rebounds and seven

assists in No. 2 Connecticut’s 63-48 victory over No. 9 Maryland in

the Jimmy V Classic.

”I said it 100 times, I’m always amazed that none of the Big

East coaches vote her for anything,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma

said. ”They are stuck with the guys they have and we have the

record we have because of her. Someone can dominate a game and take

six shots. Kelly completely dominated the game. She has an impact

that goes beyond the stat sheet. When you look at the stat sheet

there’s a whole bunch of stuff there, her impact is greater than


Stefanie Dolson scored 14 points and Breanna Stewart added 13 to

lead the Huskies (7-0).

”She is by far our toughest player,” Dolson said of Faris.

”She does everything on the floor. Even if she doesn’t get credit

for a steal she most likely tipped the ball to make the play.”

Trailing by 13 at halftime, Maryland whittled its deficit down

to seven before UConn scored eight straight points, including a

3-pointer by Brianna Banks and a three-point play by Bria Hartley.

Kiah Stokes capped the run with a lay-in midway through the second

half. Faris had a hand in all eight points during the run with an

assist, steal and rebound.

”Faris makes play after play,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese

said. ”She’s so tough and physical.

”That was a tough sequence. Banks was spectacular. That’s what

Connecticut does. They give you that knockout punch and you see

teams never recover. I love the fact we were able to withstand a

lot of those runs and were able to keep competing.”

Maryland, which had a season-high 26 turnovers, couldn’t get

within single digits the rest of the way.

Tianna Hawkins scored 14 points and freshman Chloe Pavlech added

a season-high 10 to lead the Terrapins (4-2), who have come the

closest to UConn this season. No team had been within 30 points

before Monday.

The Terrapins were playing without guards Laurin Mincy and Brene

Moseley. Both suffered ACL injuries this season. Mincy tore the ACL

in her right knee early in the second half of Maryland’s win over

Nebraska last Wednesday. Moseley injured her left knee on Oct. 21.

Moseley was the third ACL injury for the Terps this season. Senior

center Essence Townsend tore hers in an exhibition game in early


Without the guards, Maryland couldn’t take care of the

basketball. The Terps came into the game averaging only 16

turnovers a contest.

”That was one of the things I told our team in the locker

room,” Frese said. ”I was most disappointed in how much we turned

the ball over. A lot came in our press break.”

UConn couldn’t take advantage early of the miscues. Leading

17-8, Maryland scored seven straight points to make it a two-point

game. Stewart finally ended a 5 1/2-minute drought scoring seven

straight points during a 10-0 run by the Huskies. She started it

with a 3-pointer and connected on a falling down layup, following

up her own miss. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis capped the burst with a

3-pointer that made it 27-15. The Huskies led 33-20 at


Mosqueda-Lewis didn’t return for the second half after bruising

a left quad. She missed the Huskies’ previous game against Colgate

after suffering a concussion against Purdue on Nov. 24.

Auriemma said his sophomore guard is ”doubtful” for Thursday’s

game against No. 10 Penn State.

Monday’s game had special meaning for Frese, whose 4-year-old

son Tyler continues to battle leukemia.

”It means a lot,” Frese said. ”Obviously, there was no

question when we got the invite that we knew we wanted to play in

it. And, obviously, for me personally with my son, Tyler, going

through leukemia and with his diagnosis and his treatment I think

it just helps us to be able to with a national audience and on TV

to bring even more awareness to all the people out there that are

battling cancer. And, obviously, our family is one that’s directly

impacted, but the fact that we can play a game and bring exposure

is really important and we’re just really fortunate to be a part of


The teams will play again in the Jimmy V Classic next season at

Maryland. This was the first meeting between the programs. UConn

continued its domination of ACC opponents, winning its 20th

straight over ACC teams, winning by an average of 28.0 points.

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