"A game is a game," Auriemma said. "It's on the schedule. We have no control over someone's record. The only thing we have control over is how we play. You can't decide when you are going to play well, execute well. You don't make them based on the other team's record. You have to play the same way, although it's hard sometimes to do it."
The Huskies led 37-13 at the end of the first half. But its pace seemed a touch tentative, especially in the early moments when it missed seven of its first eight shots.
The Panthers led three times in the first few minutes, the last time at 8-7 with 14:07 remaining in the half. Dolson missed three of her first four shots and was temporarily taken out of the game.
But a three-pointer by Moriah Jefferson gave UConn a 10-8 lead and that was pretty much that — at least on the scoreboard.
UConn outscored the Panthers 27-5 over the remainder of the half, holding them without a field goal for the final 9:26. The Panthers were just 5 of 27 from the field in the half and were badly outrebounded.
Still, there were moments when all Auriemma could do was hold his head. In fact, one of those pensive moments was caught on the video board late in the first half. He was holding his glasses with one hand, rubbing the bridge of his nose with the other.
"Yes, he was a little frustrated with us, but he had good reason to be," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "We were frustrated with ourselves."
The cause for concern was clear: The Huskies shot only 15 of 36 in the first half and had almost as many turnovers (10) as assists (11). That kind of ratio beats Pitt. It doesn't win championships.
Things picked up a bit once the second half got rolling. The Huskies finished with 26 assists and just 13 turnovers. UConn's offense began to run with more crispness. Dolson's scoring total picked up, as did her shooting. After her 1 of 4 start, she made six of her next seven.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh wasn't getting much production from anyone other than Kiesel and Logan, who combined for all 13 first-half points.
Loliya Briggs joined the scoring 33 seconds into the second half. But it wasn't until 13:13 remained that a fourth Panther, Marquel Davis, also scored. And by that time it was 49-23.