Nov. 11, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Bria Hartley had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 3 Stanford 76-57 on Monday night.
Kiah Stokes added 10 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for the Huskies (2-0).
Morgan Tuck scored eight straight points, including two 3-pointers, to make it 53-32 with 13:19 left. Stanford couldn't get closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
Amber Orrange scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Cardinal (1-1).
Chiney Ogwumike added 16 points and 13 rebounds, but Stanford got little other offense.
The Cardinal and Huskies have had a lot of big games over the past few seasons. Last year UConn snapped Stanford's 82-game unbeaten run at Maples Pavilion with an easy 61-35 victory. Two years earlier the Cardinal stopped the Huskies' NCAA record 90-game winning streak. They also met in the Final Four or NCAA championship game three straight years from 2008-10.
A lot less was on the line Monday night. The game got off to a sluggish start with both teams missing open shots.
The teams combined to miss 14 of their first 16 field goal attempts. Preseason All-America Breanna Stewartpicked up two quick fouls and sat out the rest of the half.
In stepped Stokes.
The 6-foot-3 junior was dominant on both ends of the court. Blocking shots, grabbing rebounds and hitting free throws, Stanford had no answer for her.
UConn led 31-26 with 2:28 left in the half before scoring the final eight points of the period. Stokes got the run started with a turnaround jumper. She finished the first half with eight points, eight rebounds and five blocks and helped the Huskies pull away to a 39-26 lead. Hartley had 11 points in the half.
Stanford couldn't muster much offense besides Ogwumike and Orrange. The two combined for 22 of the team's 26 points at the half. They were 9 for 16 from the field while the rest of the team was just 2 for 19.
With the loss, Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer remained five victories short of becoming the fifth coach to reach 900. She's trying to join Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer and Jody Conradt.
This was Stanford's first trip to Connecticut's campus since 1993. The Cardinal won that game 68-54. The teams have played their other games in Connecticut in Hartford.
The Huskies celebrated last season's eighth national championship one final time by unveiling a banner commemorating the title they won in New Orleans.