UConn routs Duke in 1 vs. 2 matchup

By The Sports Network
December 18, 2013 - 12:06am

Durham, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis shot the lights out
from 3-point range and Breanna Stewart had a dominant inside game, as top-
ranked Connecticut dismantled No. 2 Duke, 83-61, Tuesday night at Cameron
Indoor Stadium.

Mosqueda-Lewis, who missed eight games with a nerve contusion in her right elbow, went 7-of-11 from beyond the arc and scored 21 points.

"I was just going to leave her as a 'let me just see how it goes and play it by ear.' If she looks good, then just play her as long as she feels good," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "And I didn't have any expectations necessarily of what she would do. We were prepared to go the whole game without her if we had to. But having said that, I don't think we would've won the game the way we won it without her. She's a pretty special player I think. I think she proved it tonight."

Stewart totaled 24 points and 11 rebounds. Stefanie Dolson had 14 points and nine rebounds. Bria Hartley added 13 points for the Huskies (11-0), who beat Duke for a seventh straight time.

"I think these are the reasons why we come to Connecticut, to play in the big games," Stewart said. "They don't happen all the time, but we know we have a huge target on our back and teams are always going to give us their best run. That's what you want to do. That's fun; that's competitive."

Chelsea Gray had 13 points for the Blue Devils (10-1), who also received 11 points and eight boards from Haley Peters. Tricia Liston and Alexis Jones each had 10 points.

UConn, which hadn't played since a 97-37 rout of UC Davis on Dec. 5, moved to 15-3 in matchups between No. 1 and 2 teams. The Huskies made half of their 24 3-point tries.

Tuesday's game, which was part of the Jimmy V Classic, saw the Huskies race to a commanding first-half lead thanks to a dominating run. A jumper by Peters had Duke within 12-11, but UConn scored the next eight points.

A 3-pointer