Game in a nutshell: Not efficient, but UConn women's win still counts
Published 6:23 pm, Saturday, February 16, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- It was hardly the efficient, well-played tune-up the UConn women's basketball team was looking for heading into a showdown with No. 1 Baylor. But a win is still a win, and the third-ranked Huskies will take it on the road.
Freshman Morgan Tuck had 15 points and five rebounds to lead UConn to a 65-45 victory over Rutgers before 5,378 at the Rutgers Athletic Center . The Huskies shot just 40.8 percent from the field.
Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer, who is 899-328 in 42 seasons, failed in her second attempt to become the fourth women's basketball coach in Division I history to reach 900 wins. Pat Summitt (1,098), Sylvia Hatchell (902) and Jody Conradt (900) have reached the milestone.
The Huskies (24-1 overall, 11-1 Big East) have won 10 straight games against Rutgers (14-10, 5-6). They will host Baylor Monday at the XL Center in their Play4Kay game to promote breast cancer awareness.
Stefanie Dolson added 14 points and four rebounds for UConn. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis finished with 12 points and four rebounds, while Moriah Jefferson had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Doty returned with 12:25 left in the half. Faris then returned with 8:43 left and Mosqueda-Lewis was back with 5:29 left. Hartley never did return to the game.
UConn trailed by as many as 10 (14-4) in the half and 18-12 with 9:03 left. But the Huskies finally found some rhythm in scoring 10 straight points as part of a 14-3 run.
The Huskies led 33-27 at halftime. They scored the first seven points of the second half, including four by Dolson, to finally create some space on the scoreboard.
UConn led by as many as 21 in the second half.
Shakena Richardson led the Scarlet Knights with 10 points.
STAR OF THE GAME: Morgan Tuck. She had 15 points (5-of-7 FG) and five rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench.
KEYS TO THE WIN: Trailing 18-12, the Huskies scored 10 straight points as part of a 14-3 run. ¦ The Huskies opened the second half with seven straight points and later scored eight straight in holding Rutgers scoreless for 5:11.
WORTH NOTING: Tuck scored in double figures for the first time since having 10 points at Oregon Dec. 31. ¦ Mosqueda-Lewis was hit in the face going for an offensive rebound with 16:59 left in the game. She returned to the lineup with 8:23 left. ¦ Rutgers starting forward Chelsea Lee (knee) did not play.
UP NEXT: Monday vs. No. 1 Baylor at XL Center, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
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