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Geno Scores Blowout Win In 1,000th Game At UConn

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Geno Auriemma (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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By JEREMY RAKES
Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) _ Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson scored 24 points apiece and No. 1 Connecticut beat Houston 92-41 on Saturday, extending the Huskies’ winning streak to 34 games.

Dolson also had nine rebounds and Breanna Stewart added 16 points, seven boards and five assists as UConn (28-0, 15-0 American Athletic Conference) used a big run to end the first half and cruised to the win in coach Geno Auriemma’s 1,000th game at the school. Auriemma improved to 867-133 with the Huskies.

Hartley passed Tiffany Hayes for 10th place on UConn’s career scoring list with a layup with 7:38 remaining. Hartley now has 1,802 points, putting her 63 behind Svetlana Abrosimova for ninth.

The Huskies shot 64 percent from the field, including 80 percent in the second half.

Te’onna Campbell had 15 points, and Jessieka Palmer added 12 points for the Cougars (5-22, 1-15), who have dropped 18 of their last 20 games and four straight.

Houston, which never led, hung with Connecticut for the first 101/2 minutes before the Huskies pulled away with a 21-3 run to end the first half.

Connecticut’s winning streak is the fourth-longest in school history, one behind the Huskies’ 35-game streak from Nov. 26, 1994-April 2, 1995.

After the Cougars closed to 19-13 on Campbell’s jumper with 9:32 left in the opening half, Connecticut turned up the defense, scoring the next 11 points before Yasmeen Thompson’s free throw and opened up a 40-16 halftime lead on Moriah Jefferson’s layup with 11 seconds remaining.

Houston did not hit a field goal for 8 minutes until Campbell’s layup with 1:35 left in the half. The Cougars missed 15 of their last 16 shots to end the half and 12 straight before Campbell’s layup.

Dolson had 10 points in the run for Connecticut, and Hartley added six.

The Huskies’ lead grew to as many as 51 points in the second half.

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