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  • Mosqueda-Lewis, No. 1 Connecticut women steamroll Oregon

  • EUGENE — First came the No. 1 ranking, then came the rout. All told, it was a pretty good day for Connecticut.
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  • EUGENE — First came the No. 1 ranking, then came the rout. All told, it was a pretty good day for Connecticut.
    Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and the Huskies celebrated their return to the top of the poll with a 95-51 victory against Oregon on Monday.
    UConn took over the No. 1 spot in the Top 25 for the first time since the end of the 2010-11 season on Monday afternoon, and then followed with their 12th victory of the season to remain undefeated.
    "It's nice to be No. 1 but we're just trying to play basketball," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "Day in day out we're practicing really hard and trying get better."
    Five other players reached double figures scoring for the Huskies, including Stefanie Dolson with 16 and senior guard Caroline Doty had her best game of the season with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
    Doty had been averaging 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. UConn coach Geno Auriemma called Doty's performance Monday "doubly rewarding."
    "I don't know what makes me happier, the fact that Caroline is playing great and contributing a lot, or that it shuts up all the idiots that wonder why she's starting, why's she's playing so many minutes and how much someone else would be better than her," Auriemma said.
    Kelly Faris also had 13 points and seven assists, while Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson scored 10 each for UConn, which made 15 3-pointers.
    Jillian Alleyne had 18 points to lead the Ducks (2-10), who have lost three players to season-ending injuries and had two players make their season debut on Monday.
    Still, Oregon did itself no favors by going scoreless in the first five minutes and last five minutes of the first half to trail 54-24 at halftime.
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