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No. 3 Huskies Dominate Cincinnati, 80-37

Brianna Banks

Jan. 19, 2012

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- UConn scored the first seven points of the game, and jumped out to an 11-3 lead.

But Hollins kept the Bearcats in the game, scoring the team's first 13 points and Cincinnati trailed just 17-13 midway through the first half. Hollins hit six of her 10 shots from the floor in the half. The rest of her team made just one of 11.

"It was frustrating, to think we go into the game knowing that was their best player and that was who was going to drive their offense," UConn guard Kelly Faris said. "We kind of lose concentration on stuff like that, little things and paying attention."

A 3-pointer by Mosqueda-Lewis extended the lead back to 10 points at 26-16, part of a 21-3 UConn run, and the Huskies led 42-19 at the half.

Hayes 3-pointer 15 seconds into the second half moved her into a ninth-place tie on the school's 3-point list with 161.

Caroline Doty hit her 100th career 3-pointer a short time later to put UConn up 52-22, and the Huskies stretched the lead from there. Doty finished with seven points.

All 11 Huskies scored and UConn dominated the inside, outrebounding Cincinnati 42-24. They had 40 points in the paint and 26 second-chance points to just three for the Bearcats.

"The first half we really weren't cohesive or flowing much on offense," Dolson said. "So the second half, we did a much better job executing."

The loss ends a brutal stretch for Cincinnati, which fell at No. 7 Rutgers 58-47, and No. 2 Notre Dame 76-50 in its past two games.

Connecticut has won 166 of its past 168 Big East home games and has never lost to Cincinnati in seven meetings.