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No. 2 UConn women win 17th straight, 96-31 over Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 12 of her 19 points in the first half, missing only one shot all game, and No. 2 Connecticut rolled to its 17th straight victory on Sunday, 96-31 over Cincinnati and former Huskies star Jamelle Elliott.

The Huskies (18-1, 8-0 American Athletic) haven’t loss since falling at Stanford 88-86 in overtime on Nov. 17. UConn’s seven wins in January have come by 36, 38, 59, 34, 42, 55 and 65 points.

Mosqueda-Lewis went 7 of 8 from the field, playing only 16 minutes. Breanna Stewart also had 19 points in 16 minutes. Connecticut went to its bench midway through the first half of a game that was lopsided from the start.

The Bearcats (5-14, 2-6) fell behind 22-0 and went more than 6 minutes before getting their first basket on a put-back. Cincinnati is 0-12 all-time against UConn.

Huskies coach Geno Auriemma is a close friend of Elliott, who is in her sixth season as Cincinnati’s coach. As a player, Elliott helped UConn win its first national title in 1995. She was Auriemma’s assistant for a dozen years before getting the job at Cincinnati. The two of them went out to dinner on Saturday night.

The Huskies were coming off a 100-45 win at Central Florida on Wednesday night, the second time this season that they’ve scored 100 points.

On Sunday, UConn scored the first 22 points and held the Bearcats without a field goal until Marley Hill grabbed a teammate’s short 3-point shot and scored with 13:53 left the half. Cincinnati opened the game by missing its first eight shots and turning it over four times.

Auriemma started wholesale substitutions midway through the first half, easing up in an already lopsided game — the Huskies led 33-2. Cincinnati didn’t reach double-digits until Hill hit a one-handed shot with 1:35 to go in the half, making it 46-11.

TIP-INS

Connecticut: Mosqueda-Lewis moved into UConn’s top 10 in career scoring. She now has 1,874 points.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats scored a season-low 13 points in the first half, going 6 for 28 from the field — and missing all 12 3-point shots — while turning it over nine times.

UP NEXT

Connecticut hosts East Carolina on Wednesday, and then plays at Temple. The Huskies host Cincinnati on Feb. 3, when Auriemma would have a chance to get his 900th career win.

Cincinnati hosts Memphis on Wednesday and Houston on Saturday.

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