Breanna Stewart had 22 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and four blocks to lead No. 1 UConn to a 68-48 victory over No. 3 Louisville Monday before a program-record crowd 22,163 at the KFC Yum! Center.
The Huskies (31-0, 18-0 AAC) clinched the outright American Athletic Conference regular season championship. It was their first since winning the Big East in 2011. They will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, opening play in the quarterfinals Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena, and completed the regular season undefeated for the seventh time in team history.
Bria Hartley added 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals for UConn. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, while Moriah Jefferson had 11 points, four assists and three steals.
Stefanie Dolson contributed with six points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Tia Gibbs had 16 points (6-of-10 FG) to lead Louisville (28-3, 16-2).
STAR OF THE GAME: Breanna Stewart. She had 22 points (9-of-21 FG) and 14 rebounds in 38 minutes. It was her second straight double-double and her ninth of the season.
KEYS TO THE WIN: Trailing 22-21 with 11:57 left in the first half, the Huskies scored 11 straight points as part of a 22-7 run. Louisville went scoreless for 5:05. … The Huskies had a season-high 19 offensive rebounds and scored 15 second-chance points. … Louisville had a scoreless stretch of 9:33 in the second half. … The Huskies had a 47-30 rebounding advantage. … Louisville missed 31 of its last 44 shots of the game.
WORTH NOTING: The Huskies trailed 7-0, their largest deficit of the season. … The Huskies have set a regular-season record for wins. …The Huskies have won 37 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 defeated four Top 5 teams by 19.5. … The Huskies have won 15 straight games against Louisville. … With 105 assists, Dolson is the first UConn center with at least 100 assists in back-to-back seasons. She had a career-high 117 last season. … Jefferson has the fourth most assists by a sophomore in team history. … Stewart has scored in double figures in a career-high 21 straight games. … Hartley has scored in double figures in a career-high 15 straight games. …The Huskies are 327-14 as the nation’s No. 1 team.
UP NEXT: AAC tournament quarterfinals Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena vs. TBA, 2 p.m. (ESPN3).