ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) _ UConn used a balanced offense
and stellar defense to earn an easy victory.
Breanna Stewart scored 20 points while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis
and Morgan Tuck each had 16 to help No. 2 Connecticut rout Wake
Forest 95-34 in the opening game of the Paradise Jam on Thursday
UConn (3-0) dominated from the start, scoring the game’s first
12 points and carrying a 45-12 lead into halftime. The Huskies held
the Demon Deacons to just four field goals in the first 20 minutes.
It took 7 minutes for Wake Forest to hit its first basket and the
Demon Deacons missed their last 15 shots from the field in the
“It’s hard to complain about the way we played tonight,
especially in the first half. The defensive intensity was really
good for the entire game and we forced a lot of bad shots,” UConn
coach Geno Auriemma said.
While Wake Forest couldn’t make a basket, UConn was hitting
almost everything. Stefanie Dolson made her first career 3-pointer
in the first half and finished with 11 points. The Huskies finished
the game shooting 69 percent from the field.
“Stefanie and Stewie are difficult to guard,” Auriemma said.
“They work hard and put that together with a couple of guys that
can make 3s and when we’re playing like that we’re hard to play
Asia Williams scored 10 to lead Wake Forest (2-2), which scored
the first two baskets of the second half but could get no closer.
They shot just 22 percent from the field.
“I give all the credit to UConn,” Wake Forest coach Jen Hoover
said. “They are so diverse and they score in so many different
ways. Part of the growing process for us is that we have to step up
to that challenge and play as physical and strong as the other
team. I think we got a lesson in that.”
The Huskies will play Marist on Friday while Wake Forest will
Junior guard Bria Hartley played in her first game of the season
after missing the first two with a sprained left ankle. She had
eight points in 15 minutes.
“It was exciting, good to be back on the court again,” Hartley
said. “Be on the court with my teammates instead of sitting on the
sideline. It’s hard coming back so when you’re used to playing a
certain way. I’m working on getting back.”
Auriemma was happy with his point guard’s first game.
“I think she did great,” he said. “It’s hard to sit out that
much and practice two days and come out and play. Little by little
she’ll get back to her old self. You can see some things today she
brings to the team.”
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