Huskies Keep Pitt Winless in Big East
By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 3 Connecticut close out its home schedule with a 76-36 rout of Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
Breanna Stewart added 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots while Stefanie Dolson had 14 points for the Huskies (26-2, 13-1 Big East).
Brianna Kiesel had 11 points to lead Pittsburgh (9-18, 0-14), which is just two losses away from its second consecutive winless season in the Big East. Asia Logan added 10 points.
The win was the 28th straight for the Huskies over Pitt, a team they haven’t lost to in 20 years.
UConn travels to South Florida on Saturday, before Monday’s regular season finale at No. 2 Notre Dame.
The Huskies 40-point win means they have outscored opponents by 999 points this season.
Dolson, who also had seven rebounds, has now scored in double figures in nine straight games.
Kelly Faris came within a point of a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds. She needs just five rebounds to join Maya Moore as the only players in program history to finish her career with 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, 500 assists and 250 steals.
She finished with four steals and three assists against the Panthers.
Pittsburgh actually led early, 4-2 on a pair of buckets from Brianna Kiesel, and 8-7 after Asia Logan hit a jumper 6 minutes into the game.
But UConn, which missed seven of its first eight shots from the field, took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from freshman Moriah Jefferson.
That started a 26-3 run that gave UConn control of the game. The Huskies held Pittsburgh without a field goal for the final 9:26 of the first half and went into the break leading 37-13.
Pittsburgh has now lost 13 games in a row and 34 consecutive games in regular-season Big East play.
Logan and Kiesel were the only players to score for Pittsburgh in the first half. The Panthers made just five of their 27 shots, allowing UConn to pull away.
UConn stretched the throughout the second half, going up by 30 points, 62-30 on a 3-pointer by Mosqueda-Lewis.
The Huskies dominated the boards, outrebounding Pittsburgh 49 to 29.
Connecticut was coming off a 60-point win over Seton Hall, and came into the game having outscored opponents by an average of more than 35 points a game this season.
Auriemma now has 401 Big East wins, and is only the second coach all-time to win 400 games in a single conference, along with Stanford’s Tara Vanderveer.
Connecticut finishes 13-2 at home this season, 7-1 in Hartford and 6-1 in Storrs. The Huskies lost on campus to No. 2 Notre Dame and at the XL Center to No. 1 Baylor.
UConn won at least 25 games in each of the last 20 seasons, the longest streak in the nation.
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