No. 1 Connecticut women overwhelm host Duke
Top-ranked UConn routed No. 2 Duke 83-61 in Durham, N.C., behind 21 points from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.
The Associated Press
DURHAM, N.C. – Top-ranked Connecticut came into Cameron Indoor Stadium and did something no other team in women’s basketball has been able to do.
The Huskies dominated Duke — as usual.
UConn routed the second-ranked Blue Devils 83-61 on Tuesday night behind 21 points and a career-high seven three-pointers from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis in her first game back from an injury.
Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (11-0), Stefanie Dolson scored 14 points and Bria Hartley added 13.
UConn shot 49 percent, held the Blue Devils without a field goal for a critical 8½-minute stretch while pushing its lead well into the 20s and turned the 52nd meeting of Nos. 1 and 2 into the latest blowout in this series. The No. 1 team is 32-20 when playing No. 2.
“I think I would be less than honest if I said I thought we could come in here and win by 20,” said coach Geno Auriemma, who earned his 850th career victory. “Simply because we haven’t played in (12 days). We weren’t sure what we were going to get from (Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck). And I thought Duke being at home and they’ve got a bunch of upperclassmen ... it would be a little bit different.”
It wasn’t. UConn won its seventh straight in the series — and the previous six were decided by an average of nearly 30 points.
Chelsea Gray had 13 points for Duke (10-1), which had its 24-game winning streak at Cameron snapped — a run that dated to UConn’s last visit in 2011.
The Blue Devils were 4 of 18 on three-point shots.
“Horrible shot selection, chucking up shots,” Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said.
The Huskies, the only visitors to beat Duke on its home floor since 2008, have done it three times since anybody else has found a way to do it once.
In another women’s game, No. 3 Tennessee routed Tennessee State 94-43.
• Adreian Payne scored 19 points and No. 5 Michigan State rolled to a 78-48 victory over visiting North Florida.
• Montrezl Harrell had 17 points and eight rebounds, and No. 6 Louisville blew out visiting Missouri State 90-60.
• Le’Bryan Nash had 14 points and eight rebounds to help seventh-ranked Oklahoma State romp 75-43 at home against Delaware State.
• Joseph Young scored 18 points in No. 13 Oregon’s 91-63 home victory over UC Irvine. The Ducks are 10-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season.