NCAA Women's Bsketball: No.1 UConn 83, No. 2 Duke 61

2013-12-17T18:55:00Z 2013-12-17T22:17:06Z NCAA Women's Bsketball: No.1 UConn 83, No. 2 Duke 61 Arizona Daily Star
December 17, 2013 6:55 pm

DURHAM, N.C. — Another undefeated start to a season for No. 2 Duke. Another high-profile meeting with Connecticut. Another lopsided loss.

The top-ranked Huskies spoiled yet another of the Blue Devils’ perfect starts by blowing them out, the latest coming Tuesday night in an 83-61 rout.

The Blue Devils went 8½ minutes between baskets while missing 12 shots in a row during the pivotal stretch that brought the end of their 24-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium — a run that dated to UConn’s last visit in 2011.

The Huskies, the only visitors to beat Duke on its home floor since 2008, now have done it three times since anybody else has found a way to do it once.

UConn also spoiled an undefeated start by the Blue Devils with a rout for the third time in four seasons.

UConn got a career-high seven three-pointers from Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis in her first game back from injury. Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (11-0), and Stefanie Dolson had 14 points and Bria Hartley finished with 13.

“I think I would be less than honest if I said I thought we could come in here and win by 20,” Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said. “Simply because we haven’t played in (12 days). We weren’t sure what we were going to get from (Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck). And I thought Duke being at home and they’ve got a bunch of upperclassmen ... it would be a little bit different.”

UConn won its seventh straight in the series — the previous six were decided by an average of nearly 30 points.

The Blue Devils, who spent the second half trying to claw their way back into the game, pulled to 65-52 on Elizabeth Williams’ layup with just under 8 minutes left.

After a timeout, UConn worked the ball around the perimeter to Mosqueda-Lewis, who swished her fifth three to restore the Huskies’ 18-point lead and help them pull away for their 17th straight win.

“That’s something that Coach has been telling me since last year — that I need to shoot every shot like it’s the last shot,” Mosqueda-Lewis said.



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