Updated BIG EAST Notes
No. 2/2 Connecticut beat No. 9/10 Maryland 63-48 in the Jimmy V Classic held at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Monday night. UConn junior Stefanie Dolson scored 14 points and freshman teammate Breanna Stewart added 13 to lead the Huskies (7-0). UConn senior Kelly Faris chipped in eight points, eight steals, seven rebounds and seven assists.
“Kelly completely dominated the game,” said UConn head coach Geno Auriemma. “She has an impact that goes beyond the stat sheet. When you look at the stat sheet there's a whole bunch of stuff there, her impact is greater than that.''
''She is by far our toughest player,'' Dolson said of Faris. ''She does everything on the floor. Even if she doesn't get credit for a steal she most likely tipped the ball to make the play.''
''Faris makes play after play,'' Maryland head coach Brenda Frese added. ''She's so tough and physical.”
The Huskies led 33-20 at halftime and held off Maryland over the final 20 minutes.
Maryland had a season-high 26 turnovers. The Terps came into the game averaging only 16 turnovers a contest.
UConn shot 38-percent from the field, while Maryland shot 35-percent.
The teams will play again in the Jimmy V Classic next season at Maryland. This was the first meeting between the programs. UConn continued its domination of ACC opponents, winning its 20th straight over ACC teams, winning by an average of 28.0 points.
There are three league teams in action on Tuesday. Syracuse (7-1) hosts Wagner while Georgetown (6-2) heads to Monmouth and Providence (2-5) is at Harvard. All three games are set for 7 p.m.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report. All times are Eastern