UConn Women Crush Pace

HARTFORD – Tiffany Hayes scored 24 points to help No. 4 Connecticut beat Division II Pace 85-35 in an exhibition Wednesday night. Bria Hartley added 16 points and eight assists while Stefanie Dolson scored 13 for UConn.

The Huskies broke open what had been a relatively close game with an 18-4 run midway through the first half. Hayes had six points and an assist in the spurt, which gave them a 34-15 lead just before halftime.

"The way we played in the first half was pretty much what happens in practice a lot," coach Geno Auriemma said. "We are not going to be a great offensive rebounding team because we lost our best offensive rebounder [Maya Moore]. We are not going to be a great defensive rebounding team because we lost our best defensive rebounder."

Already comfortably ahead, UConn turned the game into a rout by scoring 21 of the first 25 points in the second half. Maral Javadifar led the Setters with 14 points.

UConn forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis one of the nations top freshmen, did not play because of a minor calf injury. Guard Caroline Doty missed both exhibition games with an ankle injury.

"Our next practice is Friday and Caroline [Doty] is going to practice for sure on Friday," Auriemma said. "She is scheduled to play on Sunday. That will help us an awful lot. Kaleena [Mosqueda-Lewis] is scheduled to practice Friday, hopefully, she's not a definite.

"Right now, we're not a great three-point shooting team with Caroline [Doty] and Kaleena [Mosqueda-Lewis] sitting on the bench. It is disjointed at times, in practice, and that's what it looked like in the first half. The second half was better."

Said Dolson: "We realized coach questioned our heart. We knew we had to go out there and show him we had some type of heart and that we wanted to fight for this game. And to prove to the coaches that we can play. I think we went out there and did a better job, but I don't think it was quite our game."

After winning their two exhibitions by a combined 99 points, the Huskies begin regular season play on Sunday against Holy Cross.

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