WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored a season-high 27 points and four teammates also scored in double figures as No. 2 Connecticut defeated Hartford 102-45on Saturday.
A pregame ceremony honored the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, with youth players from Newtown joining the teams on court.
It was the fifth time that Stewart, a freshman, had led the Huskies (10-0) in scoring this season. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 21 points, Kelly Faris 18, Bria Hartley 15, and Stefanie Dolson 10 for UConn (10-0).
Stewart also had a team-high seven rebounds. Daphne Elliott led Hartford (8-3) with 10 points.
It was the first time the teams played on Hartford’s home court since Dec. 23, 1990. UConn has won all 13 meetings.
UConn looked ready for its next game against top-ranked Stanford on Dec. 29 in California. The Huskies led 51-15 at halftime, shooting 63.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes with four players scoring in double figures, led by 15 points from Hartley.
UConn displayed its superiority early, taking a 25-7 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Mosqueda-Lewis accounted for nine of the points, making three three-pointers in as many attempts.
The Huskies stretched the lead to 30-7, with 24 of those points on offensive possessions that resulted in three points. UConn made five 3-point field goals and had three traditional three-point plays.
Hartford committed 21 turnovers in the first half, several of them resulting in transition baskets for UConn. The Huskies scored 28 points off turnovers in the first half and held Hartford to 5-of-16 shooting from the field.
Before the game members of the Newtown Girls Youth Basketball Association lined up with both teams on the court holding green signs that said “WE ARE SANDY HOOK. WE CHOOSE LOVE” and clutching teddy bears.
There was moment of remembrance that included the ringing of a chime 26 times in memory of the 20 students and six adults who were killed in the shooting.
Coaches and their staffs, and courtside personnel wore green ribbons, the school color at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Additionally, two large paintings of green ribbons with the white letters “SH” were on the court.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.