UConn Leaves Villanova Wobbly
Villanova coach Harry Perretta reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Connecticut won 76-43. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
Hartford, Conn. — Stefanie Dolson scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 3 Connecticut over Villanova 76-43 last night.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 19 points for the Huskies (19-1, 6-1 Big East), hitting five of her six 3-pointers. Freshman Breanna Stewart chipped in 14 points and six boards.
Jesse Carey had nine points, all on 3-pointers, to lead Villanova (16-4, 5-2), which was picked to finish 10th in the Big East, but lost for just the fourth time this season.
The Wildcats, who rely on the 3-point shot for 46 percent of their field goal attempts, missed their first nine from behind the arc, allowing UConn to run away with the game in the first half. Villanova finished 7-of-28 from long distance.
Kelly Faris opened the contest with a tip-in and the Huskies scored the first seven points.
Connecticut led just 17-10 before Villanova went ice cold. The Wildcats scored just seven more points in the half.
UConn used a 10-0 run to stretch the lead to 27-10, led by Mosqueda-Lewis, who hit all four of her 3-point attempts in the half. Her steal and 3-point jumper gave the Huskies their first 20-point lead at 34-14. And was 44-14 after freshman guard Moriah Jefferson made a jumper.
No. 25 Delaware 77
Newark, Del. — Elena Delle Donne scored 26 points as No. 25 Delaware won its 11th game in a row, beating Northeastern.
For the Blue Hens (16-3, 7-0), it was also their 26th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association regular-season win.
Delaware, which shot a season-high 56.6 percent (30 of 53) from the floor, never trailed after Delle Donne sank a 3-pointer from the wing on the game’s first possession. The Blue Hens eventually built a 21-6 lead at the 11:27 mark of the first half.
Delle Donne, a 6-foot-5 senior All-American, hit 10 of 16 shots from the floor, including 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. After missing six games while dealing with the effects of Lyme Disease, she is averaging 24.5 points per game.
Kashaia Cannon had 10 points for Northeastern (11-8, 4-4), which lost to the Hens for the 23rd straight time. The Huskies shot 32.1 percent (18 of 56) in the contest.
Northeastern cut the Blue Hens’ lead to 37-26 early in the second half. But Delaware answered with a 17-2 run, sinking seven straight shots at one point, to pull away again.
Top 25 Men
No. 11 Ohio St. 58
Columbus, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, including 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, to lead No. 11 Ohio State past Wisconsin.
The leading scorer in the Big Ten, Thomas took over the game as both teams tried to gain leverage in a typically physical matchup between them.
The victory moved Ohio State (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) into third place in the Big Ten and dropped Wisconsin (14-7, 5-3) two games off the pace set by co-leaders Indiana and Michigan (6-1).
Traevon Jackson, the son of Buckeyes great Jimmy Jackson, led the Badgers with 12 points in the arena where his dad’s jersey hangs from the rafters.
No. 19 N.C. State 55
Charlottesville, Va. — Joe Harris scored 22 points, seven during a game-ending 13-6 run, and Virginia beat No. 19 North Carolina State, the Cavaliers’ fourth straight victory.
Akil Mitchell added 14 points for Virginia (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), including an 18-foot jumper that put them ahead to stay, as the second-stingiest defense in the country put the clamps on.
North Carolina State (16-5, 5-3), which arrived averaging nearly 80 points per game, became the 17th team, including all seven ACC opponents, to be held under 60 points by Virginia.
C.J. Leslie, playing despite being under the weather, led the Wolfpack with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Richard Howell had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Leslie missed what would have been a tying free throw with 3:20 left, and when Jontel Evans hit two from the line with 26 seconds left, the lead was three. The Wolfpack never got off a good shot in the closing seconds.