By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press
STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Stefanie Dolson scored 23 points to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a 91-44 romp over late-arriving DePaul, which ran into blizzard-related travel delays and reached the arena only 75 minutes before the opening tip.
About 30 inches of snow fell in the area Friday. The game drew 8,861 fans.
It was the first on-court meeting between UConn coach Geno Auriemma and his good friend, DePaul coach Doug Bruno, since they teamed to coach the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal last summer.
DePaul, which had won four of its last five, didn’t make to Gampel Pavilion until about 2:15 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. start.
“Well, they got to Connecticut at about 8,” Auriemma kidded. “But my buddy’s a bus driver and he didn’t pick them up until 1.”
Dolson hit six of eight shots and went 10 of 11 from the foul line for UConn (22-1, 9-1 Big East). Bria Hartley added 18 points and seven rebounds.
Megan Rogowski led DePaul (17-7, 6-4) with 12 points. The Blue Demons scored just 17 second-half points and shot 26 percent from the field.
Brittany Hrynko, who had been averaging almost 20 points per game in Big East play, missed all 15 of her shots for DePaul. She didn’t get her first point until a free throw with less than eight minutes left in the half made it 28-13, and finished with three points.
The Huskies led the entire way and were ahead by 25 points at halftime. UConn has won 10 straight over DePaul since its last loss in 1993.
Dolson scored seven of the Huskies’ first nine points, including a 3-pointer that bounced high off the back iron and back through the rim. That was part of a 15-3 run to start the game.
Dolson played just six minutes in the second half and finished two points shy of her career high, set earlier this year against Syracuse.
The Huskies didn’t let up after the break. A baseline drive by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis gave them a 40-point lead at 71-31. UConn’s leading scorer finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
The Blue Demons played their fifth straight game without leading scorer Anna Martin. The senior guard, averaging more than 16 points per game, injured her left knee on Jan. 19 against Providence. She is expected to return this season.
Katherine Harry, who came in averaging more than 11 rebounds a game, had none against the Huskies. She came in needed just two boards to give her 1,068 and put her among the Top 20 rebounders in Big East history.
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