No. 2 UConn 78, Dayton 38

Don’t look now, Connecticut has another record win streak

going.

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

game.

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

that.”

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

rebounds.

Kelly Faris and Tiffany Hayes each scored 10 points for

UConn.

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

losses.

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

earlier Sunday.