STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Marquette coach Terri Mitchell was just hoping her team could improve on its 34-point loss to UConn last month. The Golden Eagles couldn't.
The Golden Eagles shot 25 percent from the floor, made just 14 shots, and were blown out by the third-ranked Huskies 94-37 on Tuesday night. The loss came a little less than a month after UConn won in Milwaukee 85-51.
"I knew it would be a very tough game, but my goal was that we would find ways to get better from the first game," she said. "But, unfortunately we didn't. That's what's disappointing to me."
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 24 points and Bria Hartley added 20 to lead UConn. Mosqueda-Lewis hit her first eight shots and her first five 3-point attempts, while Hartley tied a career high with five 3-pointers.
Six Huskies scored in double figures, including all five starters. Caroline Doty added 12 points, going 4-of-4 from behind the arc for the Huskies (21-1, 8-1 Big East), who were coming off a lackluster six-point win at St. John's.
Brookly Pumroy had 11 points to lead Marquette (11-11, 3-6), which has never beaten UConn in nine attempts.
"They jumped all over us," said Mitchell. "Tonight was brutal and we just have to find a way to move on."
Hartley, who was 0 for 7 from 3-point range Saturday in a six-point win over St. John's. She hit 5-of-7 against the Golden Eagles, tying a career high.
Hartley had been slowed by an off-season ankle injury and came in averaging just over 8 points a game after putting up 14 a game last season.
"She played hard," said Mosqueda-Lewis. "She was the Bria Hartley I remember. We need Bria Hartley to play like the old her. We need her to score in double digits every night. We need her to be aggressive on defense and make sure she's penetrating and making things happen for our team."
Marquette opened the game with a 3-point basket from Chelsie Butler, but that was the only lead the Golden Eagles would enjoy.
UConn responded with a 19-0 run, capped by Doty's third 3-pointer of the game. A pair of free throws from Kelly Faris gave the Huskies their first 30-point lead at 38-8 midway through the first half and the rout was on.
Coach Geno Auriemma had criticized Mosqueda-Lewis recently for not looking for her shot as much as she should. She responded by hitting all seven of her attempts in the first half Tuesday, including five from behind the arc. Mosqueda-Lewis now leads the nation with 67 3-pointers. She came into the game ranked second in accuracy from behind the arc hitting just under 50 percent of her attempts.