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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Shoni Schimmel and Bria Smith scored 17 points each to pace Louisville to a 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.
Two free throws apiece by Schimmel and Smith and a three-point play by Smith secured the lead down the stretch for Louisville, which overcame a season-high 26 turnovers.
INDIANAPOLIS — Amber Deane had 18 points and 11 rebounds Saturday and Dayton routed Butler 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.
Butler was playing its first game in the Atlantic 10 after leaving the Horizon League.