Top-ranked Connecticut women crush Oregon

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EUGENE, Ore. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and No. 1 Connecticut celebrated its return to the top of the rankings with a 95-51 victory against Oregon on Monday.

Connecticut guard Moriah Jefferson charges to the basket against Oregon. The Huskies cruised past the Ducks on Monday.  DON RYAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
DON RYAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Connecticut guard Moriah Jefferson charges to the basket against Oregon. The Huskies cruised past the Ducks on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the Huskies took over the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press poll for the first time since the end of the 2010-11. They followed with their 12th win to remain undefeated.

Stefanie Dolson had 16 points and Caroline Doty had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies.

Jillian Alleyne had 18 points to lead the Ducks (2-10). Oregon went scoreless in the first five minutes and last five minutes of the first half and trailed 54-24 at the break.

NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 128, ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 55

In South Bend, Ind., Markisha Wright scored 20 points for Notre Dame in a rout of St. Francis, Pa.

Notre Dame (10-1) dominated on both ends of the floor, forcing 33 turnovers and turning those into 49 points. The Irish led 63-25 at the break, their largest halftime lead of the season.

Alexa Hayward led the Red Flash (5-6) with 13 points.

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw had her reserves, including Wright, in the game with 13 minutes to play in the first half. It was the final pre-Big East tuneup for the Irish before their conference opener Jan. 5 at No. 1 Connecticut.

NO. 11 LOUISVILLE 88, TENNESSEE STATE 25

In Louisville, Ky., Monique Reid scored 20 points and Sara Hammond and Sheronne Vails each had double-doubles as Louisville earned a third consecutive blowout victory by beating Tennessee State (4-8).

The 25 points allowed tied the Louisville (12-2) record for fewest, set against Centre College on Nov. 29, 1977. The 63-point margin of victory was the sixth largest in Cardinals’ history.

NO. 16 UCLA 73, SAINT JOSEPH’S 65

In Los Angeles, Thea Lemberger tied her career high with four 3-pointers in scoring 20 points to lead UCLA over Saint Joseph’s.

Atonye Nyingifa added season highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins (9-2).

Erin Shields had 24 points for the Hawks (8-5).


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