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UConn women can't afford to look too far ahead

Published February 16. 2013 4:00AM

Third-ranked UConn, which plays its highly-anticipated game against No. 1 Baylor on Monday night in Hartford, still has a bit of business to take care of first.

The Huskies, winners of 11 straight, visit the Rutgers Athletic Center today (4 p.m., SNY) to play the Scarlet Knights in a Big East Conference game.

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer will try for the second straight game to win her 900th career game. The Scarlet Knights (14-9, 5-5) had won three in a row before losing to DePaul on Wednesday night, 60-57.

It won't be easy for Rutgers, however, which has lost nine straight games to the Huskies (23-1, 10-1), including 49-34 in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Big East tournament. The Scarlet Knights, who are led by senior forward Monique Oliver (10.3 ppg.) and senior guard Eric Wheeler (10.2), have been tought at home, however, going 11-1 this season.

UConn, fresh off a 105-49 thumping over Providence College on Tuesday, has a balanced scoring attack led by sophomore forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (16.8 points), junior center Stefanie Dolson (14.2), freshman forward Breanna Stewart (13.5, team-best 7.0 rebounds) and senior guard Kelly Faris (19.8).

Mosqueda-Lewis leads the nation in 3-point percentage shooting (50 percent, 69-for-138) while Dolson leads the nation in field goal percentage (62.3, 132-for-212).

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