Unusual one at the Sun Dome
A program built on the basis of having everybody chip in on a nightly basis, it was not normal operating procedure to see almost all of the offense center around the duo of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Stefanie Dolson.
Until Kelly Faris took a home-run pass from Dolson and scored in the final seconds of the first half, the rest of the Huskies not named either Dolson or Mosqueda-Lewis combined for a grand total of one first-half field goal.
At halftime Mosqueda-Lewis was 9 of 14 from the field and Dolson was 5 of 8. The rest of the team just 2 of 13.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma said "the two of them played like All-American type players."
USF coach Jose Fernandez admitted to having no answers for the two of them.
“Lewis and Dolson they both played 20 minutes each in the first half and combined for 42 of their 50 points, that is pretty good,” Fernandez said. “We played man, we played zone, we pressed, we tried everything and those two guys really played well for them.”
Since UConn players usually tend to be better talking about their teammates than bragging about their own individual accomplishments, I asked Kelly Faris about the performances of Mosqueda-Lewis and Dolson.
"We came out not as strong as we would have liked but coming into the second half we tried to feed off mentally what they were doing," Faris said. "Eventually that built up the energy and we got into a flow and once we hit that point we were pretty set to go. Sometimes it is more of a struggle to get to that point. They really helped us along and showed how much they can impact our team."
It wasn't all pretty. Junior guard Bria Hartley was 0 for 11 and had five turnovers while all three freshmen struggled. Morgan Tuck, drew her first career start, but had more fouls than points by halftime. Breanna Stewart played just 12 minutes and Moriah Jefferson also struggled to make an impact on the game.