PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers' first appearance in the Top 25 in two seasons will most likely be a short stay after a week to forget.
The 23rd-ranked Scarlet Knights followed a disheartening one-point loss to Memphis with a 94-64 defeat to No. 1 Connecticut on Sunday.
"It's tough to deal with," junior Betnijah Laney said. "Just getting ranked and taking a loss like that and then coming home and taking another huge loss. We are a team that is capable of pulling ourselves together, which I believe we will do. We will focus on what we have to do."
Rutgers was playing well before the two recent defeats. The Scarlet Knights had won nine straight — the longest winning streak in six seasons. Coach C. Vivian Stringer wasn't totally surprised by the recent letdowns.
"I did notice some things the last game or two that I tried to warn us about," she said. "It's almost like look what happened here."
Freshman guard Tyler Scaife scored a season-best 22 points and Kahleah Copper added 20 for the Scarlet Knights (13-4, 4-2 American). They had little help as the rest of the team combined for just 20 points, including only three from the reserves, who went scoreless against Memphis.
Bria Hartley scored a career-best 30 points, including six 3-pointers, and Breanna Stewart added 23 for UConn (19-0, 6-0), which has won 25 straight games — the sixth longest streak in school history.
"If I hit them I keep going, if I miss them all I keep going," Hartley said. "I've got to stay with my shot and I'll be confident that I'll eventually make them."
Hartley didn't miss too many, making 11 of her 15 attempts. The last time she played at Rutgers, she had a game to forget, going scoreless in just four minutes. Hartley wasn't the only Huskies player hitting shots. The team shot a blistering 57 percent from the field.
"I think offensively we all were on the same page and had a really good flow the entire game," Hartley said. "The mixture of shots inside and outside and everyone was able to hit shots."