No. 1 UConn women roll past No. 24 Rutgers 72-35

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm •  Published: March 1, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn continued its perfect season with another blowout victory.

Now the top-ranked team will try and win outright the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship on Monday with a win over No. 3 Louisville.

"They want a share of the title and they're going to have to beat us to get it," said Geno Auriemma after Saturday's 72-35 win over No. 24 Rutgers that clinched at least a share of the AAC title. "We don't share very well here at Connecticut. We're not into having parades if you tie for a league championship."

If Louisville wins the game, a coin flip would determine the top seed for the conference tournament.

"If we want to win it outright, we have to beat a really good team on their home court in front of a soldout building," Auriemma said. "Maybe that's the way it should be. I'm sure Louisville is going to be off the charts ready."

Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds and Bria Hartley scored 20 points to lead the Huskies (30-0, 17-0 American). Moriah Jefferson had nine points, five rebounds and four assists and Stefanie Dolson had six points and 10 rebounds. Kiah Stokes added 11 rebounds. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who missed the previous four games with mononucleosis, returned and scored seven points in 27 minutes.

Betnijah Laney led Rutgers with 14 points.

Connecticut defeated Rutgers (21-7, 12-5) for the 12th straight time.

"We just weren't in sync," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "I'm not saying Connecticut wasn't a creator of that. We were just struggling quite a bit."

It didn't help the Scarlet Knights that leading scorer Kahleah Copper missed the game with turf toe. Stringer said she expects Copper to play Monday night against South Florida, a game that will decide the third and fourth seeds in the upcoming conference tournament.

"We're obviously not very deep offensively," Stringer said. "What's most important is the way (Copper) scores. There's no one else that's doing things like her for us."

Stringer was impressed with Connecticut and said the Huskies are the favorite to win the national championship.