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Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Bria Hartley spark No. 3 UConn's rout

STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut guard Bria Hartley hopes she's
finally rounding into form.

The junior guard, who missed much of the preseason and the first
two games of the year with an ankle injury, had 20 points Tuesday
night, to help the third-ranked Huskies to a 94-37 rout of
Marquette.

"It has felt like I was a step behind, being out for that long
and then coming back and not being able to play the way I wanted to -- not improving, not getting better at certain things," Hartley
said. "The only thing you can do is just work hard, keep pushing
yourself. I tell myself; eventually it's going to get better."

Hartley was 0 for 7 from 3-point range Saturday in a
six-point win over St. John's. She hit 5-of-7 against the Golden
Eagles, tying a career high.

She came in averaging just over 8 points a game after putting up
14 a game last season.

"She played hard," said Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who led the
Huskies with 24 points. "She was the Bria Hartley I remember. We
need Bria Hartley to play like the old her. We need her to score in
double digits every night. We need her to be aggressive on defense
and make sure she's penetrating and making things happen for our
team."

Mosqueda-Lewis also made some things happen, hitting her first
eight shots and her first five 3-point attempts.

Six Huskies scored in double figures, including all five
starters. Caroline Doty added 12 points, making all four of her
3-pointers for the Huskies (21-1, 8-1 Big East), who were coming
off a lackluster six-point win at St. John's.

Brookly Pumroy had 11 points to lead Marquette (11-11, 3-6),
which has never beaten UConn in nine attempts.

Marquette opened the game with a 3-point basket from Chelsie
Butler, but that was the only lead the Golden Eagles would enjoy.

UConn responded with a 19-0 run, capped by Doty's third
3-pointer of the game. A pair of free throws from Kelly Faris gave
the Huskies their first 30-point lead at 38-8 midway through the
first half and the rout was on.

Coach Geno Auriemma had criticized Mosqueda-Lewis recently for
not looking for her shot as much as she should. She responded by
hitting all seven of her attempts in the first half Tuesday,
including five from behind the arc. Mosqueda-Lewis now leads the
nation with 67 3-pointers. She came into the game ranked second in
accuracy from behind the arc hitting just under 50 percent of her
attempts.

"I never want her out of the game, ever," Auriemma said.
"Tonight she didn't commit one foul. I want it to be like that all
year. I don't want her to even think about fouling anybody. Because
I know that in a three-minute stretch, she's going to blow the game
open. That's how much confidence we have in her."

Marquette, meanwhile, made just six baskets as a team in the
first half, shooting 20 percent from the floor. They went into the
locker room trailing 62-17 at halftime.

UConn did not let up much in the second half, leading by as many
as 58 points. The Huskies were 15 of 23 from 3-point range and shot
55 percent from the floor.

"They jumped all over us," said Marquette coach Terri
Mitchell. "Tonight was brutal and we just have to find a way to
move on."

Stefanie Dolson returned to the UConn lineup after missing the
St. John's game with a stomach bug and chipped in with 15 points.
With the junior center on the bench, the Red Storm matched the
Huskies, scoring 26 points in the paint. UConn had 30 inside points
Tuesday, to just 14 for Marquette.

"It was something that I don't want to go through again, cause
it was really weird," Dolson said of sitting out a game. "It felt
good to be out there and playing with the team, and playing the way
we did."

Katherine Plouffe, Marquette's leading scorer, was held to just
four points. She didn't score in the teams' first meeting this
season, an 85-51 UConn win on Jan. 12.

The game was the first in a three-game road trip for Marquette,
which heads to Villanova and Cincinnati before going home to host
No. 2 Notre Dame on Feb. 17.

UConn played without backup point guard Brianna Banks, who will
miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate
ligament in her right leg.

Banks suffered the injury during the first half of the Huskies'
71-65 victory over St. John's on Saturday. The school released the
diagnosis on Monday and said surgery would be scheduled in the
coming weeks. The sophomore from Newnan, Ga. had been averaging 7.3
points and 1.7 assists in just over 17 minutes per game. She was
shooting 47.9 percent from the field.