No. 2 UConn 70, Seton Hall 37
Even Geno Auriemma was puzzled by this one.
No. 2 Connecticut delivered a swift knockout Friday night,
scoring the first 20 points in a 70-37 victory over Seton Hall. But
the Huskies also had an offensive funk that the Hall of Fame coach
hadn’t seen from his young team all season.
”It was really weird,” Auriemma said. ”I was saying the first
10 minutes was kind of productive, we got some things done.
Everything else was a struggle. I don’t know how to describe it,
there was no rhythm or flow to it. A lot of missed shots. Maybe
it’s this gym. A lot of times we come down here and it’s not
exactly stellar basketball.”
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Tiffany Hayes and Caroline Doty had 15
points apiece for Connecticut, which next faces No. 1 Baylor on
The nation’s top two teams met last season in Hartford and UConn
came away with a one-point victory.
”I think we have a couple things we need to work on this week
in practice,” Mosqueda-Lewis said. ”We’ll be ready by that
On Friday, there was no such drama.
The Huskies (9-0, 1-0 Big East) quickly took the spirited crowd
out of the game. UConn hit four 3-pointers during the opening
burst, and Kiah Stokes capped the run with a layup 7 minutes into
”We have better offensive players than they do,” Auriemma
said. ”For us it was getting the right people enough shots in the
beginning. Our pressure got us some shots.”
It took another minute before the Pirates (5-5, 0-1) got their
first points – two free throws by Alexis Brown. Seton Hall’s first
basket didn’t come until its 14th shot with 8:27 left in the first
half when Brittany Morris converted a three-point play. That made
it 30-5. The Pirates wouldn’t get within 22 the rest of the
”The press was the difference, you can’t prepare for
Connecticut’s pressure,” Seton Hall coach Anne Donovan said. ”You
can prepare with your own players, but it doesn’t simulate what you
see game time. The difference of the game after that point was he
took the press off. We talked long and hard about taking care of
the basketball. We didn’t take care of that from the beginning to
UConn opened the season with eight straight home games and ran
through its opponents. The Huskies won by an average of 43 points,
including a 30-point rout of No. 8 Texas A&M on Tuesday
Playing its first road game did give UConn a little trouble in
the second half. After Bria Hartley’s layup with 15:34 left made it
55-23, the Huskies went more than 9 minutes without a point as
Seton Hall was able to cut the deficit to 23. Hartley finally ended
the drought with a lay-in with 6:25 remaining and the Huskies
cruised the rest of the way.
”There’s no excuse for the offensive players we have to go
without scoring, that’s inexcusable,” Auriemma said. ”We’re too
good to do that. We’re too good a team to throw it at the rim and
After taking a few days off for exams, the Huskies will travel
to Waco to face the Lady Bears before heading to the College of
The Huskies have won 56 straight Big East regular-season games.
It’s the fourth longest conference streak ever, trailing Texas,
which won 124 consecutive games in the Southwest Conference from
1981-1990. The Huskies have dominated the Pirates over the last 18
years, winning 43 of the last 44 meetings. The lone loss came on
Jan. 5, 1994.
Jasmine Crew scored 12 points for Seton Hall.
”It felt good to have the students come out and support us,”
Crew said. ”Hopefully they’ll continue to do that.”
The game featured the last two Olympic coaches. Donovan led the
U.S. team to gold in the 2008 Beijing Games, while Auriemma will
coach the Americans next year in London.
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