Score: No. 3 UConn 91, DePaul 44
Stars: UConn: Stefanie Dolson 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast. Bria Hartley 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast.
Story: DePaul did not arrive at Gampel Pavilion until 2:15 p.m. for a 3:30 tip, and it showed.
Winter storm Nemo affected the Blue Demons' travel plans, and Doug Bruno's tired team could not hang with Geno Auriemma's Huskies.
This game was never even a contest. UConn dominated from the world "go," getting out to an early double-digit lead by the under-16 timeout of the first half, and it would stay that way for the rest of the game.
DePaul never made a game out of it, clearly showing some tired legs after a 10 a.m. flight from Chicago to Connecticut.
Stefanie Dolson was the star of UConn's 52-point first half, scoring 22 of her 23 points before the break. The junior hit a single free throw early in the second half, and then spent most of the half on the bench, playing only 24 minutes in total.
It was a typical dominating performance for the Huskies. Ten players suited up and eight of them played at least 15 minutes. Morgan Tuck (12) and Heather Buck (7) were the only players to play less, but every Husky scored on Sunday. Every player except Buck grabbed a rebound and every player except Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had an assist.
UConn has turned things around over the past two games after playing some shaky basketball over the past couple weeks. Now at 22-1 and 9-1 in the Big East, the Huskies are starting to get into crunch time, and they need to finish the season strong.
The Huskies have two road tests this week – with trips to Providence and Rutgers on the schedule for Tuesday and Saturday respectively – before the ultimate test on Feb. 18, when they welcome No. 1 Baylor to the XL Center.