By JEFF WALLNER Associated Press
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Breanna Stewart scored 16 points to lead eight players in double figures and No. 1 UConn extended its winning streak to 48 games with a 107-45 victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
The Huskies (11-0, 1-0 American) have won 95 of their past 96 games and haven’t lost since Nov. 17, 2014, an 88-86 overtime defeat to Stanford in the second game of last season.
Stewart moved into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list, trailing only Maya Moore and Tina Charles.
UConn started fast on Wednesday and seldom took their foot off the gas. A 3-pointer by Kia Nurse capped the first of two 9-0 runs in the first half for Huskies. She finished with 10 points.
Seven UConn players scored led by Nurse’s eight points and the Huskies went 4 of 6 from 3-point range to build a 31-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Moriah Jefferson led all scorers with 10 points in the first half helping the Huskies go ahead 54-22 at halftime.
UConn’s 54 first-half points were a season-high, surpassing the 50 points scored in the season opener against then 7th-ranked Ohio State.
Senior forward Morgan Tuck took over in the second half to put the score further out of reach with 10 of her 14 points in the third quarter to reach double-figures for the 54th time in her career.
UConn exerted its physical dominance on Cincinnati throughout Wednesday’s game, outrebounding the Bearcats 51-25 and outscoring them 42-10 in the paint.
Sophomore guard Ana Owens scored 10 points to lead Cincinnati (4-8) which fell to 0-15 all-time vs. UConn.
UConn leads the series 15-0 and has won the past four meetings by more than 60 points per contest.
UConn: The Huskies’ current 48-game winning streak is their longest since a NCAA-record 90-game streak in 2008-10. . Junior G Natalie Butler, a former Big East Conference freshman of the year at Georgetown, made her Huskies debut in the first quarter after missing the first 10 games with a thumb injury. She had 11 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.
Cincinnati: Bearcats coach Jemelle Elliott was a player and assistant for 12 years at UConn under coach Geno Auriemma. She was part of six national championships including one in 1995 as a player.
UConn: The Huskies will be looking for their 49th straight victory when they host Tulsa on Wednesday.
Cincinnati: The Bearcats visit Central Florida on Saturday.
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