The UConn women’s basketball team had not been able to practice since Thursday night due to Winter Storm Nemo. Once the third-ranked Huskies took the floor against DePaul Sunday they showed no signs of rust.
Stefanie Dolson scored 22 of her 23 points in the first half and UConn led by as many 25 points in the half en route to a 91-44 victory before 8,861 at Gampel Pavilion. Dolson also added five rebounds, six assists and set career-highs in made free throws (10) and free throws attempted (11).
UConn (22-1, 9-1 Big East) made its first five shots and six of its first eight to open a 15-3 lead less than five minutes into the game. The Huskies led by 40 less than seven minutes into the second half.
All-American Bria Hartley added 18 points, a season-high seven rebounds and four assists for the Huskies. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis finished with eight points and seven rebounds. Breanna Stewart had nine points and nine rebounds, while Kiah Stokes had eight points and eight rebounds.
UConn shot 56.7 percent from the field, finished with a 48-26 rebounding advantage.
Megan Rogowski led DePaul with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists. The Blue Demons (17-7, 6-4) shot just 22.6 percent from the field.
Brittany Hrynko, who entered the game second in the Big East in scoring in conference games (19.7), was limited to three points (0-of-15 FG) and committed seven turnovers. Katherine Harry, who led the Big East in rebounding (11.4), did not have a rebound in 28 minutes.
STAR OF THE GAME: Stefanie Dolson. She finished with 23 points (6-of-8 FG), five rebounds and six assists in 24 minutes. She has scored at least 20 points in four of the last eight games.
KEYS TO THE WIN: The Huskies made their first five shots of the game and six of eight to open a 15-3 lead in the first 4:55 … DePaul started 4-of-20 from the field. … The Huskies scored 28 of their 52 first-half points in the paint and committed just seven turnovers in the half. … The Huskies opened the second half with a 19-4 run.
WORTH NOTING: Faris (six points, six rebounds) moved into 8th place all-time in team history in assists (485). … Mosqueda-Lewis moved in 10th place in made 3-pointers (162). … DePaul flew into Bradley International Airport at 9:48 Central Time and left the airport at about 1:04 p.m. Eastern Time to head to Storrs. The Blue Demons arrived at Gampel Pavilion at 2:09 p.m., 91 minutes before the 3:40 tip-off. … The Blue Demons played their fifth straight game without Anna Martin, who is their best player, due to a left knee injury.
NEXT: Tuesday at Providence, 7 p.m. (SNY)