By PAT EATON-ROBB
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Bria Hartley scored 19 points and Kiah Stokes had 18 rebounds to lead top-ranked UConn to an 80-36 rout of Temple on Saturday.
Moriah Jefferson added 13 points and Breanna Stewart scored 12 for the Huskies (17-0, 5-0 American), who extended their winning streak to 23 games in a home game played 80 miles from campus in Bridgeport.
Erica Covile had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead Temple (8-7, 2-3), which has lost three of its last four games.
The Owls stayed with UConn early, trailing just 13-12 after a 3-pointer by Feyonda Fitzgerald. But UConn went on a 11-2 run from there and led 39-22 at halftime.
Jefferson had three steals in the first 3 minutes of the second half, and Hartley hit a 3-pointer that capped a 9-2 run to make it 47-24. A layup by Stokes capped a 17-0 run that gave UConn a 67-27 lead and turned the game into a rout.
The Huskies held Temple without a basket for almost 7 minutes during that stretch, and forced 27 turnovers during the game.
UConn outscored Temple 44-14 in the paint, despite playing much of the first half without center Stefanie Dolson, who was in foul trouble.
Also sidelined was UConn sophomore Morgan Tuck. She left practice on Thursday because of swelling in her right knee. She needed arthroscopic surgery on that knee earlier in the season and missed eight games.
Temple outrebounded the Huskies 42-39, despite Stokes’ effort, which included seven offensive boards.
The game, played during UConn’s winter break, gave the fans and donors in Fairfield County a chance to see the team. A sold-out crowd of more than 9,200 fans watched the team’s first regular-season “home” game played outside of Storrs or Hartford.
The Huskies are averaging just under 8,000 fans in nine home games in Storrs and Hartford this season. The Huskies had played 10 NCAA tournament games in Bridgeport and lost just once, to Duke in overtime in the 2006 regional final.
UConn has now won 23 straight games, dating back to last year’s run to the program’s eighth national title. That’s the seventh longest winning streak in the history of the program, which holds the NCAA record at 90 games set back in 2010.
The Huskies head to Texas for their final non-conference game of the season on Monday against No. 9 Baylor. UConn has already beaten five ranked opponents this season. Baylor and Louisville are the only ranked teams left on the Huskies’ schedule.
Temple coach Tonya Cardoza, a former UConn assistant, falls to 0-2 against her mentor. UConn defeated Temple 90-36 in the second round of the 2010 NCAA tournament. The Owls coaching staff also included former UConn forward Willnett Crockett, who won two national championships while playing for the Huskies.
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