Sophomore Breanna Stewart scored 19 of her game-high 26 points in the first half and added seven rebounds to lead No. 1 UConn defeated No. 8 Maryland 72-55 before 15,327 at the Comcast Center.
The Huskies had only seven full-scholarship players available. All-American Kaleena Mosqueda is out indefinitely with a nerve contusion of the right elbow and Morgan Tuck will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery on her right knee.
Junior center Kiah Stokes (eight rebounds, two blocks) drew her second career start in place of Mosqueda-Lewis.
Moriah Jefferson finished with 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals in 35 minutes for the Huskies (3-0). Bria Hartley had 10 points (0-of-11 3-pointers), three rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes. Brianna Banks had nine points and three rebounds.
Stefanie Dolson contributed eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
All-American Alyssa Thomas led Maryland with 20 points, 14 rebounds and three assists.
STARS OF THE GAME: Breanna Stewart. She finished with 26 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes.
KEYS TO THE WIN: With the game tied 43-43 early in the second half, the Huskies scored eight straight points as part of a game-breaking 22-6 run. Maryland went scoreless for 3:32. … The Huskies shot 56.3 percent from the field in the first half and led 43-38 at halftime. … The Huskies did not commit a turnover over the game’s first 16:06.
WORTH NOTING: UConn Class of 2015 target DeJanae Boykins was in attendance. … The Huskies have won 24 straight games against ACC opponents dating back to an 82-76 loss to North Carolina Jan. 15, 2007. They have three wins over Maryland during this streak, all of them coming in the last 11 months. … UConn coach Geno Auriemma coached Thomas at the U.S. National Team mini-camp last month. … Maryland coach Brenda Frese has signed a multi-year extension through at least June 2021. … The Huskies improved to 299-14 as the nation’s No. 1 team.
UP NEXT: Sunday at No. 13 Penn State, noon (Big Ten Network)