Feb. 21, 2012
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points to lead No. 4 Connecticut to an 86-37 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
The Huskies (25-3, 12-2 Big East) rebounded from Saturday's loss to St. John's that ended their record 99-game winning streak at home to hold the Panthers (8-19, 0-14) to three first-half field goals.
Connecticut began the game with a 29-4 run that included 10 straight points from Mosqueda-Lewis.
Tiffany Hayes added 13 points for UConn and Kelly Faris had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Brianna Kiesel led Pitt, losers of 13 straight, with 15 points while Ashlee Anderson added 10.
Opponents haven't fared well for nearly two decades when they've faced
Connecticut following a loss.
The Huskies haven't lost back-to-back games since losing to Providence and Louisville in March 1993. They've gone 683 games without consecutive losses and are 48-0 following a loss in that time.
They've been exceptionally dominant following losses this season.
After losing to Baylor on Dec. 18, the Huskies beat College of Charleston 72-24. After losing to Notre Dame on Jan. 7, they beat Providence 96-35.
UConn made short work of the young Panthers. The Huskies smothered Pitt on defense, forcing 21 turnovers and dominating the Panthers in the post.
Pitt scored just eight points in the paint, yet fared no better from the outside. Kiesel hit the Panthers' first 3-pointer with 8:09 left in the game. They had missed their previous 10 attempts.
Field goals were hard to come by all night for Pitt. The three first-half field goals were a season low. Marquel Davis scored Pitt's first basket to tie the game at 2, but the Panthers didn't score from the floor again until Davis hit a jumper with 6:18 left in the half.
By then, the Huskies were up 31-8.
Connecticut dominated everywhere. The Huskies outrebounded Pitt 38-24, picked up 13 steals and 27 assists and made 35 of 57 shots from the floor, including eight of 15 from beyond the arc.
Mosqueda-Lewis made nine of 12 shots for her seventh game of at least 20 points this season.