UConn Vs. Syracuse

UConn center Stefanie Dolson looks to pass while defended by Syracuse's Cornelia Fondren (11) in the first half at the XL Center in Hartford Saturday. Dolson scored 13 first-half points as UConn led, 41-29. (Cloe Poisson, Hartford Courant / January 19, 2013)

The last time Syracuse played at the XL Center was in 2009, and that day Maya Moore broke the school-record with 10 three-pointers on her way to 40 points.

The Orange, which had their record for the best start (15-1) in a season, played the Huskies tight in the first half despite foul trouble and the reliance on three freshmen.

They fell behind 18-7 when Dolson scored the basket to top the 1,000-point mark.

But with Tyson-Thomas hitting two baskets, the Orange started back and then moved within 28-27 on Shakeya Leary's two hoops.

Leary was in the game for Alexander, the senior center, who picked up two fouls in the first four minutes and then sat out the remainder of the first half.

Tyson-Thomas, sporting a tri-colored, tightly cropped Mohawk, was whistled for her third foul with less than six minutes to play in the half, putting Syracuse at a disadvantage.

But once challenged, UConn recoiled and snapped back.

It ran off seven straight points, capped by a three by Bria Hartley to make it 35-27. And then the Huskies scored the last six points to take a 41-29 lead into the half.

Dolson had 13 points in the first half, relying primarily on 15-footers. Mosqueda-Lewis, the nation's second-ranked three-point shooter, dropped three of six from behind the arc to score 10 in the half.

UConn was occasionally held back by its 18 turnovers, which led to 19 Orange points. But with Alexander's time limited, the Huskies outrebounded the Orange 48-34 and had 21 offensive boards.