The Park City served as the UConn Huskies women's basketball "home" on Saturday afternoon and their "home" was just as kind to them as it is in Hartford or Storrs, CT.
Bria Hartley led four Huskies in double figures with 19 points as they went on to beat the Temple Owls 80-36 in front of 9,274 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.
No. 1 UConn improves to 17-0 (5-0 American) while Tonya Cardoza's Owls squad falls to 8-7 (2-3).
Moriah Jefferson, who I thought was the player of the game for the Huskies, added 13 points, six assists, four steals and one blocked shot. Breanna Stewart struggled with foul trouble for most of the game but was able to score 12 points and block three shots. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis shed the elbow brace and had 11 points.
Stefanie Dolson also was saddled with foul trouble but had eight points and seven blocked shots. Kiah Stokes was a monster on the boards as she pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with six points and three blocked shots.
Erica Covile was the only member of Temple to hit double figures with 13 points and had seven rebounds but also had six turnovers. Freshman Taylor Robinson made her first career start and had a career-high eight points and eight rebounds, which led the Owls along with Natasha Thames' eight rebounds.
The Owls kept this one close early on staying with UConn for the first ten minutes of the half. The Huskies would gradually build their lead to 17 at the half.
UConn used a 28-5 run to start the second half to break open the game and seal the win.
The Huskies now head to Waco, TX for a matchup with the No. 7 Baylor Lady Bears on Monday night. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. and it's the final non-conference game of the season for UConn.
Temple Owls @ UConn Huskies 1/11/14 box score
Here are UConn's postgame quotes.
Here are UConn's postgame notes.
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photo credit: brad horrigan – hartford courant