There’s going to be games where the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team may get challenged for a bit (Stanford, Florida State). And of course there’s going to be games like the one against the Seton Hall Pirates where they just totally dominate from start to finish.

UConn's Tina Charles shoots over Seton Hall's Nicole Emery (15) and Kandice Green (42) - Cloe Poisson/Hartford CourantTina Charles had 19 points and 8 rebounds to help the Huskies to a 91-24 win over the Pirates in front of 4,166 at The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on Saturday afternoon.

It’s the first Big East win of the season and 51st straight win for the Huskies as they improve to 12-0 (1-0 Big East). The Pirates fall to 8-6 (0-1).

It was also the 800th win for the UConn women’s basketball program. The first one came 35 years ago on January 23, 1975 under coach Sandra Hamm. Current head coach Geno Auriemma has led them to 708 of those 800 wins.

Kalana Greene had 16 points for the Huskies with 14 of those coming in the first half. Meghan Gardler added a career-high 16 points and pulled down six rebounds while Maya Moore had 14 points and five assists. Lorin Dixon paced the Huskies with six assists and had six points in just her second game since returning with the hamstring injury suffered in the preseason.

The only Husky who didn’t score in the game was Kelly Faris.

Ebonie Williams led the Pirates with 9 points while Nicole Emery had six points.

This game was pretty much over from the tip as UConn went on a 17-0 run after the score was tied at 2-2. They just kept increasing their lead from there.

Things were so bad for the Pirates that they had more turnovers (18) than Greene when she scored her 14th point with 4:07 to go in the first half.  The Pirates finished with 20 turnovers and just 12 points in the first half.

As Big East play continues for the Huskies, we can expect more games like this until someone decides they want to try and play with the Huskies. And all I’ll say is good luck to them as we’ve seen what the Huskies can do to good teams already this season.

The Huskies will be right back in action on Monday night when the South Florida Bulls come to the XL Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast locally on CPTV.

Notes and musings:

UConn Huskies @ Seton Hall Pirates 1.2.10 box score

The starters were Tiffany Hayes, Caroline Doty, Kalana Greene, Maya Moore and Tina Charles.

The Huskies shot 56.7% (38-of-70) while the Pirates shot 17.3% (9-of-52).

UConn had 26 assists on their 38 made baskets.

The Huskies dominated on the glass 44-28.

Seton Hall finished the game with 28 turnovers which UConn turned into 31 points.

UConn outscored the Pirates 50-2 in the paint.

The rest of the game notes are courtesy of the UConn Sports Information Department.

Today’s win marked the 800th in the history of the UConn women’s basketball program.

Today’s game marked the seventh straight season that UConn opened BIG EAST Conference play on the road.

UConn extends its current winning streak to 51 consecutive games.

UConn has won its last 22 consecutive regular-season games away from home.

Today’s game marked the first of four over the next eight days for Connecticut.

UConn improves to 23-5 all-time in BIG EAST Conference openers and have won its last 18 straight.

UConn moves its all-time record in January to 217-83 and have won its last 24 games played during the calendar’s first month.

UConn has won its last 26 meetings with Seton Hall and 41 of the last 42 overall while leading the all-time series 46-10.

UConn is 90-9 in its last 99 road games during the regular season.

UConn has won 64 straight games against BIG EAST opponents other than Rutgers following today’s win at Seton Hall.

UConn moves to 259-3 in the last 10 years (since Jan. 1999) against non-ranked opponents.

UConn improves to 244-11 when playing as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25.

UConn improves to 12-0 to start the season for the fourth straight season and the 12th time since 1994-95.

UConn went on a 17-0 run early in the first half over a span of 5:31 to open a 19-2 advantage – Kalana Greene sparked the run with nine points.

Seton Hall called three timeouts in the initial 10:13 of the game.

Kalana Greene’s 16 points marked her seventh game with double-figure points this season and the 55th of her career – she has notched double-figure points in two of the last three games overall.

Tina Charles’ 19 points marked her third straight game with double-figure points, her 11th this season and 95th of her career.

Seton Hall’s 12 points in the first half marked the fewest UConn has allowed in any half this season – tying the 12 points allowed in the second half at Holy Cross on Nov. 20.

UConn’s 52 points in the first half marked its sixth game with 50-plus points in the first half this season.

UConn’s 67-point margin of victory marked its biggest against a BIG EAST opponent since it handed Pittsburgh a 112-43 setback (69-points) on Jan. 2, 2002.

Maya Moore’s 14 points marked her 23rd straight game with double-figure points and the 85th in her 88 game career.

UConn has won its last 124 games against unranked opponents following today’s win at Seton Hall.

Meghan Gardler’s 16 points marked her fourth game this season in double-figure points and the fifth of her career.

Meghan Gardler’s 16 points marked a career-best scoring effort.