NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 21 points and No. 1 UConn beat Tulane 94-47 on Monday night.
The Huskies (27-1, 16-0 American Athletic Conference) used a 3-pointer by Morgan Tuck right before the half to take a 45-25 lead into the break. Tuck then hit two more 3s to make the score 51-25 at the start of the second half, and UConn led by at least 24 the rest of the way.
Tuck finished with 16 points and Breanna Stewart added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies, who won their 26th straight and clinched at least a share of the American Conference regular-season championship. Moriah Jefferson contributed 15 points, eight steals and five assists.
Courtnie Latham scored 12 points for Tulane (20-8 11-6), which lost 87-39 in Storrs, Connecticut, on Valentine’s Day. No one else reached double figures in points for the Green Wave.
UConn hit 56.1 percent of its shots and was 28 for 38 inside the 3-point line. The Huskies also forced 23 turnovers.
UConn went on a 12-3 run to go ahead 22-9 early, and Tulane never cut its deficit to single digits. Mosqueda-Lewis hit a 3-pointer and Jefferson connected on a jumper to extend the advantage to 30-12 with 9:27 left.
Still, Tulane kept it closer for the first 20 minutes than most of UConn’s conference opponents.
The Huskies had doubled up all but two American teams by halftime, including a 42-12 lead in Storrs, but the Green Wave hit four of their first seven 3-point attempts while UConn missed its first five.
Tulane pulled within 42-25 on Kolby Morgan’s layup with 10 seconds left in the half. Tuck responded with her first 3-pointer, and the Huskies continued to stretch their lead in the second half when they got hot from 3-point range.
After going 4 of 15 on 3-pointers in the first half, UConn made 7 of 13 in the second half. Mosqueda-Lewis went 3 for 3.
Morgan had nine points and 11 rebounds for Tulane, but the Green Wave struggled against UConn’s aggressive defense, committing six turnovers in the first six minutes and finishing with 23 miscues.
UConn: The Huskies’ closest game in the American was a 92-58 victory against Temple. The Huskies almost hit their average margin of victory in the league against Tulane (49.8). … UConn can clinch the American title outright by beating Memphis at home on Saturday. The Huskies beat the Tigers 80-34 in Memphis.
Tulane: The Green Wave, who did not shoot a free throw in the first meeting, attempted four this time, drawing UConn’s first foul with 6:29 left in the first half. Tulane gave up 19 offensive rebounds at UConn but only nine in the rematch.
UConn plays host to Memphis on Saturday.
Tulane travels to Tulsa on Saturday.
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