No. 2 UConn 78, Dayton 38
Don’t look now, Connecticut has another record win streak
No. 2 UConn won its 89th straight at home Sunday to set an NCAA
record, beating Dayton 78-38 behind Freshman Kaleena
Mosqueda-Lewis’ 23 points.
”To go home after every game they play with a `W,’ I don’t know
that that happens very often in very many places,” UConn coach
Geno Auriemma said. ”I love the consistency of our program, and I
like how we approach things every year.”
Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson each had 11 points and Dolson
had seven rebounds for UConn (6-0), which won its three games in
the World Vision Classic by an average of over 47 points a
Mosqueda-Lewis, who had just two points and missed all eight of
her shots against Buffalo on Saturday, hit her first five 3-point
shots and had 19 points at intermission.
”(Auriemma) told me to stop being a baby and if I’m missing to
keep shooting, it doesn’t matter,” she said. ”I’m not helping
this team if I don’t shoot.”
Hartley gave the Huskies their first 30-point lead with a
driving layup that made it 47-16 at the half.
De’Sarea Chambers scored eight points to lead Dayton (3-3),
which finished the round-robin tournament 2-1.
The win extended the Huskies Division I record home winning
streak and set a new all-time NCAA mark, passing Division III Rust
(Miss.) College, which won 88 straight at home from 1982-89. The
Huskies set the mark for consecutive wins last year at 90, before
being beaten on the road at Stanford.
UConn has not lost at home since Rutgers won the Big East
tournament final in 2007.
”Being at home, you have those fans you have that environment
around you that you just want to play your best for the fans and
coaches,” said Dolson. ”So it’s really exciting to know
The NCAA counts UConn’s postseason games in Hartford and Storrs
as home games.
Connecticut also has won 161 consecutive games against teams
outside the Top 25, and 254 games against the unranked at home.
Dayton hit just three of its 23 shots from 3-point range, and
two of those came in the last minute of the game.
This was the 16th consecutive in-season tournament the Huskies
have won, dating back to December, 1992 when the Huskies lost to
Vanderbilt in the Hilton Head Super Shootout. UConn beat Buffalo
90-34 Saturday night, and opened this tournament with a 74-28 win
over Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday.
Scores such as that had Auriemma complaining that there are
”just not enough good teams, that is the bottom line.”
”There’s so few great offensive players and if you have a bunch
of them, then the games become really lopsided,” Auriemma said.
”I don’t like it. I wish there was something I could do about it.
But, I don’t know what it is.”
Connecticut scored the first 10 points of the game and held
Dayton to just three free throws and three shots over the opening
five minutes. Olivia Apllewhite broke the drought and cut UConn’s
lead to 17-5 with a layup.
A 3-pointer by Mosqueda-Lewis from the left baseline gave UConn
its first 20-point lead at 33-13. Her first 3-pointer of the second
half gave the Huskies a 62-20 lead. She and Hartley each had six
Kelly Faris and Tiffany Hayes each scored 10 points for
This was UConn’s first meeting with Dayton. But Flyer’s coach
Jim Jabir is very familiar with UConn, and was 0-8 against the
Huskies during his six years as head coach at Providence.
The game was the 700th of Jabir’s career and he now has 340
Dayton, which was picked to win the Atlantic 10 this season,
beat Buffalo in the tournament’s first round, 94-74, and defeated
Fairleigh Dickinson 84-48 on Saturday.
”I just spent 20 minutes telling our kids that what we saw is
what we want to be,” said Jabir. ”How hard they play, the cuts
they make, everything they do, they are in pursuit of excellence
every single possession.”
Fairleigh Dickinson beats Buffalo 63-54 in the third place game