No. 2 UConn 74, Fairleigh Dickinson 28

Fairleigh Dickinson scored just five points in the first half

against No. 2 Connecticut on Friday.

But the Knights were outscored by just seven in the second half

of the 74-28 UConn rout, and FDU coach Pete Cinella would rather

focus on that.

”We only had 17 turnovers, which was a positive thing, and we

had some freshmen step up,” he said. ”Erika Livermore had nine

rebounds, Torrie Childs, in her first start of the season, had

seven rebounds. We were just looking to get some positive things

out of this game and try to get better, because we will not see

another team like that.”

Freshman Brianna Banks scored 17 points for the Huskies, who

extended their NCAA-record home winning streak to 87 games.

Kaleena Masqueda-Lewis added 11 points and nine rebounds for

UConn (4-0), which jumped out to a 44-5 halftime lead and then

appeared to coast the rest of the way.

UConn held the Knights without a field goal for the game’s first

13 minutes and 20 seconds. Mariyah Laury’s jumper made it 29-3 came

on FDU’s 20th shot from the floor.

Connecticut set a school record for fewest points allowed in a

half. It had been six in a 2005 win over Providence.

”I think we played great defense,” said Banks. ”We just

didn’t really do anything on offense like we should have.”

The five points for FDU was just two off the record for the

fewest points scored in any half of a Division I women’s game.

Savannah State trailed Florida State 54-3 at halftime Nov. 23,

2003. Georgia Tech led 49-3 over Tennessee State on Dec. 30,

2010.

It appeared Farleigh Dickinson was going to add its name to that

list, but Torrie Childs hit a bank shot in the lane with 42 seconds

remaining in the half, and UConn went into intermission up 39.

Fairleigh Dickinson ended up 2 for 29 from the floor in the

half. They hit seven of 26 in the second and shot just over 16

percent from the floor for the game.

”We just tried to do as many positive things as we could,”

said FDU coach Pete Cinella. ”It was a very tight second half.

They only outscored us by seven. A couple of plays could have gone

either way, and we could have outscored them. We just try to take

as many positive things as we can.”

UConn now won 160 consecutive games against teams outside of the

Top 25, and 253 straight against the unranked at home.

Stephanie Isaacs andLivermore had six points each for Farleigh

Dickinson (1-4), which features six newcomers and five true

freshmen including Livermore.

”We had a lot of open shots that we just missed. It looked a

little frustrating because the score was so lopsided, but we

actually had some nice possessions,” Cinella said. ”The shots

just didn’t fall.”

FDU will play Dayton in its second game of the round-robin World

Vision Classic on Saturday. The Flyers beat Buffalo 94-74 on

Friday. The Knights get the Bulls on Sunday.

Connecticut pulled down 63 rebounds against the undersized

Knights, who had just 39. UConn played its entire bench and eight

players made it into the scoring column.

Mosqueda-Lewis become the first Husky in double figures. Her

jumper with 8 1/2 minutes left in the game made it 65-23.

Connecticut is now 297-3 in its last 300 games against unranked

opponents, with its last loss coming in December, 2004 at Arizona

State.

UConn hasn’t lost to a team from the Northeast Conference since

January, 1983 when Monmouth beat the Huskies 83-64.