CINCINNATI – UConn coach Geno Auriemma stressed to his team the last few days that the top-ranked Huskies needed to focus on defense.
Connecticut put on a defensive clinic against Cincinnati on Saturday, beating the Bearcats 86-29. UConn forced 24 turnovers, and Cincinnati’s 29 points were the fewest the Huskies have allowed all season.
Coach just emphasized the past three days that we need to play better defense and keep people in front of us and I think we took that to heart today, said Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who led UConn with 17 points. We clogged up the lane, we took into account the scouting report Coach gave us on who were shooters and who weren’t shooters and we implemented it into the game.
During an early 22-0 run, Connecticut held Cincinnati (9-12, 2-8) scoreless for 11 minutes and 22 seconds. In that span, the Bearcats missed 11 shots and turned the ball over nine times.
UConn is UConn – they’re an unbelievable defensive team, they’re going to pressure you, you’re going to make you play fast, they’re going to trap you, and that’s not the first time we’ve had trouble playing against them, Cincinnati coach Jamelle Elliott said.
Bria Hartley also scored 17 points and had a career-high six steals for the Huskies.
No. 9 BAYLOR 87, TEXAS 73: In Waco, Texas, Odyssey Sims scored 44 points, and freshman Nina Davis had a double-double to lead the Bears.
OKLAHOMA 81, No. 11 OKLAHOMA STATE 74: In Norman, Okla., Sharane Campbell scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Sooners.
No. 20 WEST VIRGINIA 66, TCU 62: In Fort Worth, Texas, Asya Bussie scored 19 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the Mountaineers.
No. 22 GONZAGA 101, SAN FRANCISCO 66: In Spokane, Wash., Lindsay Sherbert scored a career-high 23 points, 18 in the second half when the Bulldogs outscored San Francisco 51-20 en route to the win.
No. 23 IOWA STATE 84, KANSAS STATE 65: In Ames, Iowa, Nikki Moody scored 20 points, had eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Cyclones.
No. 25 MIDDLE TENNESSEE 67, TULSA 57: In Tulsa, Okla., Ebony Rowe scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Blue Raiders won their 17th in a row.