UConn routs Memphis 83-40 for 57th consecutive win
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Breanna Stewart scored 19 points to lead top-ranked UConn to an 83-40 rout of Memphis on Saturday, extending the team's winning streak to 57 games and giving the Huskies their 23rd straight 20-win season.
The Huskies (10-0 American Athletic) are 20-0 for the ninth time in program history.
Five UConn players scored in double figures.
Mooriah Rowser had eight points to lead Memphis (12-10, 6-5), which lost for the first time in four games.
All five UConn starters scored in the first five minutes and the team jumped out to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter. It was the 11th time this season the Huskies have led by double digits after the first 10 minutes.
A jumper by Kia Nurse stretched the lead to 20 points at 30-10 midway through the second quarter. It was 38-16 at halftime, and 66-28 after three quarters.
UConn shot 58 percent from the floor for the game and just under 71 percent in the second half.
Moriah Jefferson scored 11 points and had seven assists. Jefferson's third assist of the game, a pass to Saniya Chong for a 3-pointer in the first quarter, put her at the 100 assist plateau for the third straight season.
Freshman Katie Lou Samuelson added 13 points and Natalie Butler and Gabby Williams each chipped in with 10.
The Huskies also improved to 52-0 in the history of the American Athletic Conference, including a 46-0 mark in the regular season and 6-0 through two conference tournaments.
Memphis, which had 26 turnovers in the team's first meeting, an 86-46 UConn win in Tennessee on Jan. 16, gave the ball away 34 times in this one and had a hard time with the Huskies backcourt pressure in the first half.
The Tigers have never scored more than 49 points in their six meetings with the Huskies.
Memphis: Cheyenne Creighton came into the game having made 40 of her 56 shots in conference play, a league-leading 71.4 percent. She had just three points and was held to just one basket on three attempts by the Huskies. She missed her only shot from the floor during the teams' first meeting.
UConn: Morgan Tuck missed her fourth consecutive game because problems with her surgically repaired right knee. Tuck participated in half-court drills in practice on Friday and coach Geno Auriemma said he's not sure when she will be back.
Memphis: The Tigers have a week off before hosting Cincinnati on Feb. 6.
UConn: The Huskies head to New Orleans to face Tulane on Wednesday.
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