Hot and Cold at the XL Center
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart each
scored 21 points and Brianna Banks had 18 to lead the No. 2
Connecticut in a 97-25 rout of Oakland on Wednesday night.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 14 points and nine rebounds for UConn
(9-0). Stewart had 13 rebounds, eight on the offensive end, and the
Huskies had a 56-26 edge on the boards.
Hartley scored 19 points in the first half when UConn shot 66
percent and led 61-12. The Huskies shot 51 percent for the game and
Oakland 15 percent (7 for 47).
UConn center Stefanie Dolson had nine points, six rebounds and
four blocks. She left the game with 13:56 remaining with an
apparent ankle injury.
Elizabeth Hamlet led Oakland (5-6) with 14 points.
The Huskies were playing for the first time since the deadly
shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown that
claimed the lives of 20 students and six adults last Friday.
A pregame ceremony was held to honor the 26 victims. There was a
moment of silence and UConn players and cheerleaders formed a
circle at midcourt holding 26 lighted candles.
Huskies players wore small patches on the front of their game
jerseys with the letters “SH.” The letters were white with a
green background, the school colors at the elementary school
located about 50 miles away from the XL Center. In addition, UConn
bench personnel and others associated with the game wore special
green and white ribbons.
Oakland also honored the 26 individuals. Players each attached a
green ribbon to the laces on their sneakers, and coaches and team
staff wore green and white ribbons on their jackets or sweaters.
UConn scored the first 14 points and led 26-4 at the midway
point of the first half. Hartley scored 12 points in the first
4:23, matching her season high. She came in averaging 7.5 points a
The Huskies made 25 of 38 field goals in the opening 20 minutes,
including 9 of 18 3-pointers, and took a team-record 40 shots from
beyond the arc. UConn’s previous high for 3-point attempts was 39
against Syracuse on Jan. 17, 2009.
Oakland was 2 of 24 from the field in the first half. UConn had
a 27-11 rebounding advantage in the first half and scored 20 points
off 13 turnovers.
Oakland was playing without leading scorer Olivia Nash (10.1
ppg) and Bethany Watterworth, who led the Summit League in scoring
last season (18.7). Both sat out with injuries.
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