UConn women win 61st straight, topping Temple 85-60

Connecticut's Breanna Stewart (30) reaches for the loose ball as Temple's Ugo Nwaigwe (5) and Erica Covile (1) is guarding her during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Moriah Jefferson had 25 points, eight assists and eight steals to help No. 1 UConn beat scrappy Temple 85-60 on Sunday for the Huskies' 61st straight victory.

Breanna Stewart added 24 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six blocks for the Huskies (24-0, 13-0 American), who have won 101 straight games against non-ranked teams. Except for a blemish against St. John's on Feb. 18, 2012, UConn has victories in 278 of its past 279 games against non-Top 25 opponents.

For the most part those games have been over by the half with UConn routing overmatched opponents by nearly 44.7 points a game. Temple wouldn't go down quietly.

The Owls (17-8, 11-3) outscrapped the Huskies, diving for nearly every loose ball, and weren't intimidated by the team that beat them by 55 points a month ago.

They just didn't have enough firepower to pull off the monumental upset.