No. 3 UConn rips No. 4 Duke
Updated 12:23 am, Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The third-ranked Huskies have drawn the ire of their coach numerous timest. They did it again by committing 12 turnovers in the first half against No. 4 Duke.
Auriemma challenged them to respond. And in a memorable 20 minutes of play, the Huskies did just that in rolling to a 79-49 victory before 9,671 at Gampel Pavilion. UConn committed just three turnovers in the second half and outscored the Blue Devils 47-19.
"He was pretty fired up,'' Mosqueda-Lewis said. "He definitely wasn't happy about the turnovers, and our physical play wasn't really up to par. So we wanted to come out in the second half and prove him wrong, that we are tough, we are stronger and we do take pride in the way we play. So we went out there, took care of the ball and followed Kelly's lead.''
Faris finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists to lead the Huskies (17-1) to their 22nd straight win against ACC opponents dating to an 82-76 loss at North Carolina Jan. 15, 2007. They have won six straight against Duke by 29.3 points.
The Blue Devils (16-1) came into Gampel Pavilion for the second straight time as the lone remaining unbeaten team in Division I. They were 20-0 when UConn defeated them 87-51 Jan. 31, 2011.
"It was a tale, obviously, of two halves for us,'' Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "It's unfortunate. Initially in the second half, we slept-walked through that episode and they simply made layups. And when you allow that to occur anything's possible. They're a great offensive team.''
Mosqueda-Lewis added a game-high 21 points and six rebounds for UConn. Breanna Stewart had 13 points, five rebounds and three blocks while Bria Hartley finished with six points and a career-high nine assists.
The first half featured three ties and seven lead changes. UConn's biggest lead was five. Duke led by as many as two.
But led Faris, the Huskies asserted themselves early in the second half. Leading 34-32, they scored seven straight points to power a 31-7 run.
Faris had seven points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal during the surge.
"What happened in the second half was indescribable,'' Auriemma said. "That's one of those occasions where if you were watching it in the stands, you were fortunate to be part of that. If you were on the bench. If you were part of what Kelly Faris did, you just saw a performance that people are going to be talking about for a long time.''
Duke missed five straight shots at one point and went scoreless for 5:31 as the game quickly turned into a rout.
"I think you do get a feeling (that they were defeated) when you're going out there and you're making play after play,'' Hartley said. "After a while it wears your team down. And we ran the whole game so I think we wore them down a little bit at the end.''
The Huskies rolled despite having Stefanie Dolson, who scored a career-high 25 points against Syracuse Saturday, limited by foul trouble.
She took just one shot in the first half and finished with six points (3-of-6 FG), six rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes.
Dolson scored all of her points in a span of 2:36 during UConn's 31-7 run. She picked up her fourth foul with 16:15 left in the game, spending the next 11:31 on the bench.
UConn led by as many as 31 down the stretch.
Freshman Alexis Jones had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead Duke.
The Blue Devils committed 12 of their 15 turnovers in the second half.
"Definitely one of our best (halves),'' Faris said. ``It's one of those things that this is a great opportunity for us to build off of and we'd better not pass it up.''
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