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.
"When she's playing like she played tonight and has the attitude she played with tonight, she makes a huge difference," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.
"It felt a lot better than it did the last couple days," Hartley said. "Getting out there, getting moving was good."
Auriemma admitted he wasn't exactly sure what he was going to get out of Hartley.
"I didn't have any expectations going in," he said. "One of those, let's see what happens. She played a lot of minutes. I figured why not. She played like the old Bria. With the stretch we got coming up, I don't worry about her."
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).
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. 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.
"Louisville brings out the best in us," Auriemma said. "Since (Jeff)'s gotten the job they've had incredible success. Maybe we keep playing them down the road once we find out what our situation is."