Breanna Stewart, a North Syracuse, New York native, played her homecoming game at Colgate on Wednesday night in nearby Hamilton. The top-ranked Huskies knocked off the Raiders (1-6) 94-50 in front of a sellout crowd of 1,782.
Stewart scored 22 points and added a career-high 10 assists. She finished three rebounds short of a triple-double despite not playing the entire fourth quarter.
"I am playing my best right now," Stewart told SNY. "I'm glad I didn't suck."
Morgan Tuck added another 20-point performance for the Huskies. Tuck has been a consistent and efficient force in the post, playing extremely well for the Huskies in their past two wins over Notre Dame and DePaul as well.
The Raiders, as many teams seem to do against UConn, started off hot from three-point range. They hit their first four including a buzzer-beating 40-footer to end of the first quarter.
The Huskies were up 26-16 after the first quarter. They got more aggressive on the defensive end and attacked the Raiders zone. They outscored Colgate 52-17 during the second and third quarters to put the game away.
Freshman Napheesa Collier played a lot during the game, looking comfortable playing with the first team, while Gabby Williams spent most of the game on the bench. Both scored 11 points. Kia Nurse added 10 points.
Moriah Jefferson was plagued with foul trouble for most the game but had seven assists in a game where the Huskies made a season-high 28 assists.
Freshman De'Janae Boykin did not travel with the team "so she can concentrate on school with exams coming next week", according to the Hartford Courant. Additionally, transfer Natalie Butler did not play as she continues to rehab from injury. Butler has not played yet this season and her recovery date is unknown.
No. 11 Florida State is next on the schedule for the Huskies on Friday night at 6pm on ESPN2. The game will be played at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. This will be the Seminoles' (7-1) first trip to play UConn since 2010 when the Huskies broke the NCAA winning streak record with their 90th consecutive victory.