HOUSTON (AP) — Houston played Connecticut close for the first 10½ minutes. The top-ranked Huskies were simply too much after that.
Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson scored 24 points apiece and UConn beat Houston 92-41 on Saturday, extending the Huskies' winning streak to 34 games.
Dolson also had nine rebounds and Breanna Stewart added 16 points, seven boards and five assists as UConn (28-0, 15-0 American Athletic Conference) used a big run to end the first half and cruised to the win in coach Geno Auriemma's 1,000th game at the school. Auriemma improved to 867-133 with the Huskies.
"They were good; I thought they were good in the second half," Houston interim coach Wade Scott said of the Huskies. "The first half I thought they were good. They are playing short right now with some kids that are injured. I know Breanna Stewart gets three fouls in the first half but they're good, they're legit."
Te'onna Campbell had 15 points, and Jessieka Palmer added 12 points as Houston (5-22, 1-15) lost its fourth straight and 18th of the last 20.
"Te'onna is a warrior," Scott said. "If she was a gladiator she would be Maximus because the girl just bounced. You've got to be pleased with that kid. I mean she made some mistakes, but I can live with them."
Houston added a few kinks to its lineup against Connecticut, with Palmer starting for just the second time this season and playing point guard for the second straight game. Tyler Gilbert also got her first career start and Taylor Gilbert saw six minutes of action off the bench, scoring four points, in just her second game this season and first since December 1.
"I was pleased with Taylor," Scott said. "She came in, she's got great hands, she made some great catches, finished twice around the basket. We could shore up that defense a little bit, but she is going to be ok. I thought Taylor did very well coming in and playing against the No. 1 team in the country."