It had been more than 20 years since the UConn women’s basketball team had played an in-state road game. The site had no bearing on the final outcome as the second-ranked Huskies continued to roll.
Freshman Breanna Stewart had a season-high 27 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals to lead UConn a 102-45 victory before a sellout crowd of 3,508 at Chase Family Arena. The Huskies had four players reach double figures in scoring in the first half in building a 51-15 lead at halftime.
With 169 points this season, Stewart is the highest scoring freshman in team history after 10 games. Maya Moore scored 165 in 2007-08.
UConn (10-0) will now take six days off before facing No. 1 Stanford Dec 29 in Palo Alto, Calif. Dec. 29.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 21 points, three rebounds and four assists for the Huskies. Kelly Faris had a season-high 18 points, four rebounds and two steals. Bria Hartley had 15 points, three rebounds, six assists and a season-high five steals.
Stefanie Dolson finished with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals for UConn.
The Huskies scored 36 points off of 25 turnovers by Hartford (8-3).
Kiah Stokes (stress reaction right shin) Morgan Tuck (right knee bruise) missed their second straight game for the Huskies.
Former Fairfield Warde star Daphne Elliott led Hartford with 10 points (3-of-5 FG) in 24 minutes.
STAR OF THE GAME: Hartley. She has scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time this season. She also has five steals in back-to-back games.
KEYS TO THE WIN: Leading 12-7 with 14:38 left in the first half, the Huskies used a 24-1 run to finish the Hawks. They scored 18 straight points as Hartford went scoreless for 5:18 and without a field goal for 9:06. … The Hawks, who are coached by former UConn All-American Jennifer Rizzotti, were 0-3 from the field with 11 turnovers during their scoreless spell. … The Huskies were 12-of-20 from 3-point range and scored. … UConn coach Geno Auriemma improved to 35-0 when facing a former player serving as either a head coach or an assistant. … It was the first time UConn has played at Hartford since a 57-43 win Dec. 23, 1990. Rizzotti was a junior at New Fairfield High in the process of leading the Rebels to back-to-back state championships. The announced attendance at that game was just 439. It was also Auriemma’s 99th career win. … Auriemma is 29-0 against in-state opponents during his 28-year tenure.
NEXT: Dec. 29 at No. 1 Stanford, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)Rich