It was business as usual for the No. 1 UConn women's basketball team tonight at the XL Center in Hartford. The Huskies (2-0, 0-0) took care of the Kansas State Wildcats, 97-57, in front of 8,369 fans on Monday night.
There was a bit of rust during the first two quarters, with the Huskies last game coming a week ago. Kansas State (3-1, 0-0) stayed somewhat close for most of the first quarter, getting as close as three with 3:24 left. However, the Huskies closed the quarter on a 10-0 run and never looked back. K-State did play UConn almost even for the second quarter at 18-14, but the Huskies still led 44-27 at the half.
Breanna Stewart was the star of the game after scoring her 2,000th career point. She is the ninth player in program history to reach the milestone and the third fastest player to do so. Only Maya Moore and Kerry Bascom have reached that mark faster.
As she is wont to do, Stewart also filled the stat sheet on this particular night. She dominated the second half and ended with 25 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
Gabby Williams had a double-double before the end of the first half, finishing with a hard-earned and efficient 16 points, on 7-of-8 field goals, and 12 rebounds. Moriah Jefferson added 14 points, four rebounds, and seven assists.
The Wildcats did not play poorly against UConn. They hit the three-pointer well in the 2nd half to keep the game from being an absolute disaster, finishing with 10 in the game. But the Huskies dominated points in the paint, 50-14, and outscored K-State 19-0 on the fastbreak.
The Huskies will be off for the rest of the week to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and will return to action on Saturday when they host Nebraska at 1 p.m. back in Hartford.