It might have taken longer than UConn junior guard Bria Hartley would have liked. But she rediscovered her All-American form Wednesday against Oakland.
Hartley scored 19 of her season-high 21 points in the first half and had six rebounds, four assists and five steals to lead the second-ranked Huskies to a 97-25 victory before 8,325 at the XL Center. She had reached double figures in scoring in just one of her first six games.
The Huskies (9-0) wore patches on their jerseys in recognition of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday. The 26 victims, including 20 children ages 6 and 7, were honored during a moving pregame ceremony in which a combined 26 members of the UConn spirit squad, dance team and pep band held a candle in a circle around the Huskies logo at midcourt. The 11 members of the Huskies blended in with the candle-holders during a 26-second moment of silence.
Breanna Stewart, who came off the bench for the first time this season, added season-highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds (eight offensive) for UConn. Brianna Banks had 18 points and six rebounds.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Huskies. Stefanie Dolson finished with nine points, six rebounds and four blocks. But she was forced to leave the game with 13:56 remaining after rolling her left ankle at the defensive end.
Dolson was later laughing on the bench.
Elizabeth Hamlet had 14 points for Oakland (5-6). The Golden Grizzlies shot 14.9 percent from the field (7-of-47) and committed 24 turnovers.
STAR OF THE GAME: Hartley. She scored 12 points in the first 4:25 en route to her most prolific game this season.
KEYS TO THE WIN: The Huskies scored the game’s first 14 points as part of a 26-4 run. … They led 61-
12 at halftime, shooting 66 percent from the field (9-of-18 3-pointers). … Oakland did not make a field goal for a stretch of 8:50 in the first half. The Golden Grizzlies were 2-of-25 in the half. … Stewart recorded her second double-double. … Sophomore Kiah Stokes (right shin stress reaction) and freshman Morgan Tuck (right knee bruise) did not play.
NEXT: Saturday at Hartford, 1 p.m. (SNY)