Bria Hartley had 20 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead No. 1 UConn to a 72-35 victory over No. 24 Rutgers Saturday before a sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion. She has scored at least 20 points in a career-high four straight games.
Hartley and Stefanie Dolson were honored prior to the game during a Senior Day ceremony and as the 14th and 15th players to be inducted into the Huskies of Honor.
The Huskies (30-0, 17-0 AAC) clinched at least a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular season championship. It is their first regular season championship since winning the Big East in 2011. They will look to clinch it outright at No. 3 Louisville Monday.
Breanna Stewart added 20 points and 10 rebounds in recording her eighth double-double this season for UConn, while Moriah Jefferson had nine points (4-of-4 FG), five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who had missed the last four games with mononucleosis, had seven points (3-of-10 FG; 1-of-7 3-pointers), three rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.
Dolson finished with six points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. She also became the fifth player in team history to reach 1,000 rebounds (1,004), joining Tina Charles (1,367), Maya Moore (1,276), Rebecca Lobo (1,268) and Jamelle Elliott (1,054).
Betnijah Laney had 14 points and nine rebounds for Rutgers (21-7, 12-5).
STAR OF THE GAME: Bria Hartley. She had 20 points (6-of-11 FG), four rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes.
KEYS TO THE WIN: The Huskies opened with a 30-10 run over the first 12:55. Rutgers missed 15 of its first 20 shots from the field, struggling through a scoreless spell of 5:20 (0-of-6 FG). … The Huskies had a 49-31 rebounding advantage.
WORTH NOTING: Dolson and Hartley improved to 134-11 in their career. … The Huskies have won at least 30 games in an NCAA-record nine straight seasons (312-22) and in 19 of the last 21 overall (707-55). … The Huskies have won 36 straight games dating back to last season’s loss to Notre Dame in the Big East tournament final. It is the third longest streak in team history. … The Huskies have set a single-season team record with 253 blocks. The previous record of 250 was set in 1994-95. … The Huskies have won 12 straight games against Rutgers. … Hartley has scored in double figures in a career-high 14 straight games. … Stewart has scored in double figures in a career-high 21 straight games. …The Huskies are 326-14 as the nation’s No. 1 team.
UP NEXT: Monday at No. 3 Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)