As we get towards the end of the 2013-14 regular season, we know the UConn Huskies women's basketball team is a little tired and bruised up. And with the different travel this season, there's one more reason the players may be a little road weary.

 Connecticut Huskies guard Bria Hartley (14) shoots a free-throw against the Southern Methodist Mustangs during the first half of a women's basketball game at Moody Coliseum. However, the two game trip to Texas went well enough for them despite the slow start on Tuesday night.

UConn used a 15-0 run at the end of the first half to break the game open as the Huskies beat the SMU Mustangs 81-48 in front of 4,091 at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX.

The crowd was the largest to see an SMU women's basketball game.

The Huskies improve to 29-0 (16-0 American) while the Mustangs fall to 16-11 (7-9).

Bria Hartley led the way for UConn with 23 points and had seven rebounds. Breanna Stewart added with 23 points and nine rebounds with five assists and four blocked shots.

Stefanie Dolson narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds while Texas native Moriah Jefferson also had nine points and tied Stewart with a team-high five assists.

Keena Mays paced SMU with 13 points despite 4-of-18 shooting and pulled down seven boards. Akil Simpson added 11 points and six rebounds.

The Mustangs stayed close over the first four minutes of the game before the Huskies used an 8-0 run to take an eight point lead. They would get it down to five points at 22-17 before UConn used that 15-0 run to put the icing on the proverbial cake.

With a comfortable margin in hand, the Huskies methodically increased their lead over the second half to ensure their 29th win of the season.

Being short-handed hasn't hurt the Huskies. Then again when the only strong team in your conference is the Louisville Cardinals, you don't need to worry too much about it.

The UConn women close out the home portion of their schedule on Saturday afternoon when they host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. It's Senior Day for Dolson and Hartley. Tip is is scheduled for 4 p.m.

UConn Huskies @ SMU Mustangs 2/25/14 box score

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