By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Brianna Banks scored a career-high 20
points and Stefanie Dolson added 18 and No. 2 Connecticut beat
Colgate 101-41 on Wednesday, keeping the Huskies undefeated in
November for the eighth consecutive year.
Banks hit four of her five shots from 3-point range for UConn
(6-0). Kelly Faris also had 17 points, to go along with five
rebounds and five assists.
Jhazmine Lynch led Colgate (2-4) with nine points.
The Huskies again dominated down low, outscoring the Raiders
50-2 in the paint. UConn has scored 261 points in the post this
season, compared to 54 for its opponents.
UConn has won 45 straight games in the month of November since a
71-65 loss at North Carolina on Nov. 21, 2004.
UConn led from the start, holding Colgate scoreless for the
first 3 minutes, jumping out to a 12-0 lead led by three layups
from Dolson, who hit seven of her first eight shots.
Faris had 15 points before halftime. Dolson and Banks each had
14. A Faris 3-pointer with 7:30 left in the half gave the Huskies
their first 20-point lead at 37-15. They led 49-22 at the break.
The Huskies have not been challenged this season, coming into
the game with an average margin of victory of just over 46 points
Connecticut played without sophomore forward Kaleena
Mosqueda-Lewis, who suffered a concussion late in Saturday’s win
over Purdue. Mosqueda-Lewis had been UConn’s second-leading scorer,
averaging over 16 points a game.
Coach Geno Auriemma said he hopes to have her back for next
Monday’s matchup with No. 11 Maryland.
Bria Hartley started in her place. UConn’s junior guard was
playing in just her fourth game this season after missing a month
of practice and the first two games with a left ankle injury.
The win gives UConn president Susan Herbst some family bragging
rights. Herbst’s brother, Jeffrey, is Colgate’s president and was
in Hartford to watch the game with his sister. The two exchanged
jerseys at midcourt before the tip.
Breanna Stewart, who led UConn in scoring in four of the team’s
first five games, had 12 points and led the Huskies with eight
rebounds. She came in averaging almost 18 points and just over six
rebounds per game.
The game was just the second at home for the Huskies this season
and the first in the 16,000-seat XL Center. It starts a four-game
homestand, which includes matchups against the Terrapins and No. 6
Penn State next .)week.
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