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UConn throttles Bearcats by 54 as Stewart ties record

UConn improves to 25-0 after defeating conference-foe Cincinnati by 54 points. The Huskies showed just how good their defense can be, allowing only 15 points in the final three quarters.

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Storrs, CT -- The UConn Huskies played through a tight first quarter, before pulling away from the Cincinnati Bearcats for their 62-straight win, 88-34. The Huskies got contributions from a variety of players, with eight players scoring, at least, seven points.

Breanna Stewart stuffed the stat sheet in only 21 minutes of action, recording 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists. With those eight rebounds, Stewart ties Jamelle Elliot for fifth on the UConn all-time rebounding list.

Stewart and Natalie Butler led all scorers with 14 points each. Ana Owens and Bianca Quisenberry each had nine points for Cincinnati in the losing effort.

The Bearcats trailed 25-19 through the first ten minutes, but unfortunately for them, the second quarter looked like an entirely different story. The Huskies held Cincinnati to only two points over a seven-minute span, when they were finally able to open the game up. UConn outscored the Bearcats by 14 in the quarter, and took a 20-point lead into the break.

Play from the second quarter rolled into the third as the Huskies continued to play stifling defense. UConn turned that defense into offense, continuing to expand the lead. The Huskies kicked off the second half with a 13-0 run, as the lead quickly ballooned to 33.

The UConn lead would continue to grow and quickly, as the Huskies scored the first 20 points of the third quarter. Cincinnati scored their first points of the second half with 2:49 left in the third.

UConn's pressuring defense was the difference in the game. The Huskies were constantly tipping passings, and seemed to always have a hand in the face of Bearcat shooters.

With the win, UConn Head Coach Geno Auriemma improved to 12-0 against his former player and assistant Jamelle Elliot, who is in her seventh season as head coach at Cincinnati.