By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis scored 17 points and Kelly Faris aded 16 to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a 105-49 win Tuesday night over Providence, the Huskies fourth 100-point game this season.
Faris, who was making her 100th consecutive start, hit six of her eight shots, and added six rebounds and five assists.
Mosqueda-Lewis, the nation’s leading 3-point shooter, had three more for the Huskies (23-1, 10-1 Big East), who had six players in double figures.
Brianna Edwards had 17 points to lead Providence (7-17, 2-9), and Tori Rule added 11.
UConn hit 24 of its 30 attempts from the foul line, while Providence attempted just four free throws, hitting two.
It was UConn’s 28th straight win over Providence, which has not beaten the Huskies since the semifinals of the 1993 Big East tournament.
Every player scored for the Huskies, who shot 57 percent from the field. Freshman Moriah Jefferson scored a season-high 13 points, hitting six of her seven shots. Fellow first-year Breanna Stewart finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Connecticut, which leads the nation in scoring, opened with a 3-point barrage.Mosqueda-Lewis, Caroline Doty and Bria Hartley all hit 3s, along with a conventional 3-point play from Faris helped turn a 3-2 deficit into a 14-3 lead less than 3 minutes into the game.
The Huskies hit their first four from behind the arc and had a 20-point lead less than 7 minutes in.
UConn came into the game ranked fourth nationally in the number of 3-point field goals made per game, while Providence ranked 322nd in field goal defense. The Huskies were 7 of 18 from 3-point range. UConn also showed off its passing game with 22 assists on its 37 baskets.
Doty had the 300th assist of her UConn career when she hit Stewart for a layup that gave UConn a 34-14 advantage. The Huskies led 56-29 at halftime, the eighth time they have scored more than 50 in a first half this season.
Mosqueda-Lewis now has 72 3-point baskets. She came into the game hitting 50 percent of her shots from behind the arc, but was just 3 of 8 against the Friars.
Faris became just the fourth Husky to start 100 straight games, joining Renee Montgomery (140), Jennifer Rizzotti (135), and Jamelle Elliott (106).
She scored the Huskies first three baskets of the second half, including a fast-break reverse layup that gave UConn its first 30-point advantage at 61-31.
UConn cruised from there.
Providence, which won 16 of the first 17 meetings between the teams, but have lost the last 11 meetings between the two teams by an average of more than 39 points.
The Huskies came in leading the nation in scoring at almost 83 points per game, and It was the third straight game the Huskies had put up at least 90 points, the first time they have accomplished that feat this season.
Symne Roberts who is from New Britain, Conn. had nine points for the Friars, but hit just four of her 15 shots.
Roberts and Rule have been responsible for almost 49 percent of the team’s offense in conference play.
The Friars were coming off an 82-54 loss on Sunday to South Florida and have now dropped five of six.
The Huskies need just two more wins to post their 20th straight season with at least 25 win.
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