The 2014-15 women's college basketball season opened up on Friday night. The top-ranked Huskies were on the west coast dismantling UC-Davis in preparation of tonight's match-up with No. 6 Stanford.
The two-time defending national champion Huskies, winners of 47 straight games, put on a shooting clinic against the Aggies in the season opener and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was deadly from three-point range. The senior had a career-high 10 three-pointers en route to 30 points. Her 10 contributed to the team tying a program 18 three pointers in their 102-43 rout.
UConn put the game away with a 39-0 first half run.
National Player of the Year Breanna Stewart played a well-rounded game, scoring 15 points, handing out seven assists and grabbing six rebounds. The backcourt of Moriah Jefferson and Saniya Chong combined for 25 points, while Morgan Tuck came off the bench to add 10.
The tune-up to Monday night's showdown gave the incoming freshmen a good opportunity to play in a front a big crowd on the road. Kia Nurse, Courtney Ekmark and Gabby Williams played some quality minutes off the bench. Nurse, the Canadian National Team point guard, scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in her debut.
UC-Davis had an arena attendance record of 4,712.
Tonight's match-up at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. (9pm, ESPN2) features a new look Stanford team. Coach Tara VanDerveer spent the summer working with former New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni to change her offense. In the past, Stanford employed Phil Jackson's triangle offense, however now they are using a more fast-paced guard oriented line-up. The one criticism on D'Antoni's offense is the lack of defense.
Both teams will be expected the run, so expect a fast-paced, high scoring game.
In Stanford's opener, the Cardinal defeated Boston College 96-63. Guard Lili Thompson scored a game-high 26 points. Erica McCall and Amber Orrange added 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Both programs are familiar foes. Last season UConn defeated Stanford twice, 76-57 on November 11, 2013 in Gampel Pavilion and 75-56 during the NCAA National Semifinals in Nashville, Tenn. The Huskies last loss to the Cardinal took place at Stanford four seasons ago on December 30, 2010, when they ended UConn's NCAA record 90-game winning streak.
UConn's last visit to Palo Alto, Calif. was on December 29, 2012 when the Huskies upset then-No. 1 Stanford 61-35. That was their only win against Stanford at Maples Pavilion. Overall the Huskies lead the series 10-6, winning eight of the last ten meetings.
Also of note, UConn 2015 signee Katie Lou Samuelson's sisters, Bonnie and Karlie, play for Stanford.