Top-ranked UConn women rout Temple 80-36

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm •  Published: January 11, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Temple coach Tonya Cardoza spent 14 seasons as an assistant at Connecticut, so she knew the challenges her team would face on Saturday.

Bria Hartley scored 19 points, Kiah Stokes grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and UConn blew out the Owls 80-36 in a game played 80 miles from the Connecticut campus in Bridgeport.

Erica Covile had 13 points on 5 of 11 shooting and seven rebounds to lead Temple (8-7, 2-3), which has lost three of its last four games.

"Once the snowball began, it just rolled and we couldn't contain it," Cardoza said. "They just have way too many weapons for us."

The Owls stayed with UConn early, trailing just 13-12 after a 3-pointer by Feyonda Fitzgerald. But UConn went on a 11-2 run from there and led 39-22 at halftime.

Jefferson had three steals in the first 3 minutes of the second half, and Hartley hit a 3-pointer that capped a 9-2 run to make it 47-24. A layup by Stokes capped a 17-0 run that gave UConn a 67-27 lead and turned the game into a rout.

The Huskies held Temple without a basket for almost 7 minutes during that stretch.

"I felt like for the first 15 minutes we really competed, and I would just like to see us compete for 40 minutes," Cardoza said.

Moriah Jefferson added 13 points and Stewart scored 12 for the Huskies (17-0, 5-0 American), who extended their winning streak to 23 games.

UConn outscored Temple 44-14 in the paint, despite playing much of the first half without Dolson, who had three early fouls, and Stewart, who sat with two. Dolson finished the game with eight points and seven of UConn's 14 blocked shots. Stokes and Stewart each had three blocks.

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