No. 2 UConn 74, Fairleigh Dickinson 28

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma called his team’s 46-point win

over Fairleigh Dickinson an embarrassment to the game.

Freshman Brianna Banks scored 17 points and No. 2 UConn extended

its NCAA-record home winning streak to 87 games with the 74-28 rout

in the World Vision Classic on Friday night.

Kaleena Masqueda-Lewis added 11 points and nine rebounds for the

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

appeared to coast the rest of the way.

”I thought it was the worst exhibition of basketball I’ve ever

seen by two teams in the 27 years I’ve been in Connecticut,”

Auriemma said. ”We should give everybody a refund.”

The just over 6,000 fans who came to watch got to see the

Huskies set a defensive record in the first half.

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 and

came on FDU’s 20th shot from the floor.

The 44-5 halftime lead broke the Connecticut 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 and Erika Livermore had six points each for

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

true freshmen including Livermore.

”We always try to just ignore the opponent,” said Tiffany

Hayes, who had nine points and seven rebounds for UConn. ”We just

want to go out there and play. Don’t treat it as who we are

playing, treat as just us playing.”

Connecticut, which beat No. 3 Stanford by 10 points on Monday

will play Buffalo in the second game of the round-robin tournament

on Saturday night. Buffalo lost to Dayton 94-74 in the tournament’s

first game on Friday. UConn will face the Flyers on Sunday.

Connecticut pulled down 63 rebounds against the undersized

Knights, who had just 39. Fairleigh Dickinson also had 17

turnovers, bringing the team’s season total to 111.

Stokes scored all nine of her points in the half, and also had

nine of her 11 rebounds before intermission.

Connecticut’s starters sat for much of the game as 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.

UConn has won its last 54 games in Gampel Pavilion since a 60-56

loss to Rutgers in February, 2006.