Top 25 Women's Basketball (Jan. 12): No. 3 UConn routs Marquette

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MILWAUKEE -- UConn executed its game plan early and perfectly.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 17 of her 24 points in the first half while Stefanie Dolson added 14 of her 20 before intermission to help third-ranked UConn cruise to an 85-51 win over Marquette on Saturday.

Mosqueda-Lewis scored nine points and Dotson six during a 21-3 run to open the game for the Huskies (14-1, 2-1 Big East) points.

"I thought the ball movement was great that first 20 minutes," UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. "We got the exact shot we wanted to get most every time down the floor. It's been awhile since we've come out with that kind of focus when we start our games. It was great to see."

The Huskies had 14 of its 25 assists in the first half.

Dolson scored on a layup after UConn won the tip. Mosqueda-Lewis followed with a 3-pointer and Dolson connected on a jumper as UConn was off to exactly the start Auriemma wanted.

"We made it a point at the beginning of the game to get Stephanie the ball as much as possible," Auriemma said after his team improved to (8-0) all-time against Marquette. "And we did. I think that created a whole other set of problems for Marquette."

The Golden Eagles have never had it easy against the Huskies. Coming into the game, UConn has averaged 29.7 points in all of the game, save one.

"UConn is the best," Marquette head coach Terri Mitchell said. "They jumped all over us. We were back on our heels."

Mosqueda-Lewis was one point shy of matching her season-high and three away from her career-best set against Marquette Feb. 25, 2012. She didn't mind being that close one bit.

"I knew I was close to my career high, but I was happy that the other guys got to go in and play," she said after shooting 6-of-8, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. "They don't really get that many minutes. So to see them go out there and be able to learn was nice."

Kelly Faris scored 11 points, had eight assists and five steals and Brianna Banks added 12 points for the Huskies.

UConn lost guard Bria Hartley after she rolled her ankle in the first half. She played five minutes and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Louisville. The Huskies were also without star freshman Breanna Stewart, who sprained her left ankle in practice Friday. She is day-to-day.

"I'm hopeful that both of them will be back on Tuesday," Auriemma said. "Some sprained ankles are worse than others. So, we'll see."

Morgan Tuck added seven points and grabbed a team-high and career-high nine rebounds for UConn.

Sarina Simmons scored 19 points to lead the Golden Eagles (8-7, 0-2). Her teammates were 2-for-16 in the first half as the Huskies handed Marquette its worst loss overall this season.

Katherine Plouffe, the Golden Eagles' leading scorer and rebounder, had a tough game. She finished with a point of rebound. She came in averaging 14.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

The Huskies stretched a 35-point halftime lead into a 77-33 advantage midway through the second as Dolson scored six points, Mosqueda-Lewis added five and Faris 4.

"They were on their game," Mitchell said. "Look at their numbers. They had great nights."

No. 15 Louisville 70, Providence 62

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Shoni Schimmel and Bria Smith scored 17 points each Saturday to pace No. 15 Louisville to a 70-62 Big East victory over Providence.

Antonita Slaughter added 12 points and Monique Reid 11 for the Cardinals (14-3, 2-1), who shot 64 percent (16-of-25) in the first half.

Tori Rule scored 20 points and Symone Roberts had 13 points and seven assists for the Friars (5-10, 0-2), who were facing a ranked opponent for the first time this season.

Louisville led 58-43 with 6:07 remaining after a layup by Reid, but a steal and layup by Evi Iiskola started a 15-5 run that brought the Friars to within 63-58 at the 1:26 mark.

No. 22 Dayton 82, Butler 39

INDIANAPOLIS -- Amber Deane had 18 points and 11 rebounds Saturday and No. 22 Dayton routed Butler 82-39 in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both schools.

Andrea Hoover and Samantha Mackay had 13 points apiece for the Flyers (13-1), who were playing for the first time since their only loss Dec. 30 against Bowling Green.

Daress McClung and Liz Stratman led Butler (9-7) with 11 points each. Stratman scored 10 in the second half.

The Bulldogs stayed close until midway through the first half, when the Flyers went on a 10-0 run and eventually led 44-22 at halftime.

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