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No. 15 Louisville Falls to No. 3 UConn, 72-58

 
Bria Smith

Bria Smith

Jan. 15, 2013

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley each scored 16 points to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a 72-58 win over 15th-ranked Louisville on Tuesday night.

Kelly Faris added 13 points and seven assists while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 12 for the Huskies (15-1, 3-1 Big East). Hartley showed no ill effects of a sprained left ankle she suffered in the first half against Marquette on Saturday.

While Hartley was able to play, UConn was missing freshman Breanna Stewart for the second straight game. The budding star sprained her left ankle in practice Friday. She did partake in pregame warmups, but didn't get into the game.

The Huskies didn't need her. They built a 14-point halftime lead behind Dolson and Hartley and Louisville could only get within 11 the rest of the way.

Shoni Schimmel scored 14 points to lead Louisville (14-4, 2-2).

"I was really proud of the way we played," Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "I thought we came out and really competed. We couldn't get a six- or eight-point run together. We hit some great shots. Slaughter had some great looks at 3. We had it 11 and she had a wide open look. She's going to hit that a majority of the time."

UConn led 16-12 midway through the first half before Hartley took over. She followed up a stepback 3-pointer with a three-point play that extended the advantage to double digits for the first time.

"She looked fine to me," Walz said. "She shoots the ball well."

Louisville got within 28-20 before the Huskies closed the half on a 9-3 run.

Kelly Faris hit a 3-pointer to start the spurt and Moriah Jefferson had a nifty burst up the floor accelerating past all the Louisville players for an acrobatic layup. UConn was up 37-23 at the break.

Connecticut has won 12 of the 13 meetings with Louisville with its lone loss coming in the first contest back in 1993.


 

 

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