No. 2 UConn routs SMU 87-28
DALLAS (AP) Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis broke Diana Taurasi’s UConn career record for 3-pointers and the second-ranked Huskies beat SMU 87-28 on Sunday.
Mosqueda-Lewis hit the record-breaking shot from the top of the 3-point circle just 3:18 into the game. The senior added one more during the game for a career total of 320 in 118 games. She scored eight points in 21 minutes. Taurasi made 318 in 144 games at UConn.
Breanna Stewart had 19 points and Gabby Williams added 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Huskies (14-1, 4-0 American Athletic Conference), who led 47-9 at the half and didn’t give up a point after the break for the first 12-plus minutes.
UConn has won 13 straight while the Mustangs (4-11, 0-4) have dropped eight consecutive contests.
Morgan Bolton scored nine points in the Mustangs’ record-low-scoring game. They had 30 against Texas Feb. 18, 1978, in the second year of the program.
UConn led 3-2 before Mosqueda-Lewis’ first basket started a 21-0 run. The Huskies made only 3 of their first 11 field goal attempts, but finished the half 19 for 34 (56 percent). SMU was 4 for 31 (13 percent), and missed all eight 3-point shots.
The lead grew to 74-9 with 7:39 left before Kiarra Perry hit a 3-pointer to start a 9-2 run by the Mustangs. Bolton hit two 3-pointers, and Perry added five more points in a 17-4 run.
UConn: The nine points allowed in the first half were the lowest total the Huskies have given up this season. . They allowed a low of 24 by College of Charleston on Nov. 28, and had scored 102 points, in the opener at UC-Davis. . Jefferson, playing in her home state, had 10 assists.
SMU: The Mustangs played without Destynee Hives-McCray, their second-leading scorer, who was suspended. In her place, Raven Short started for the first time since Nov. 16. . SMU finished the game 10 for 62 (16 percent) from the floor, and 5 for 25 (20 percent) on 3-pointers.
UConn: Huskies host Temple Wednesday.
SMU: Mustangs visit South Florida Wednesday.