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UConn Women's Basketball Topples Temple, 104-49

The Huskies blew the doors off of one of the better teams in the American conference.

Breanna Stewart and Katie Lou Samuelson share a laugh, probably after looking at the scoreboard.
Breanna Stewart and Katie Lou Samuelson share a laugh, probably after looking at the scoreboard.
Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

There's nothing like home cooking.

After playing three straight road conference games, the UConn women's basketball team played just their second regular season game at Gampel Pavilion Saturday night, putting on a shooting clinic for the visiting Temple Owls.

The top-ranked Huskies blew out Temple, 104-49, to earn their 100th win in their last 101 games and their 53rd consecutive win.

This game was tied at 5-5 early in the first quarter and then the UConn (16-0, 6-0 AAC) defense turned up the heat on the Owls (11-6, 5-2). Moriah Jefferson's disruptive perimeter defense and a flurry of blocks helped the Huskies force a lot of turnovers which led to easy transition baskets.

Breanna Stewart scored a team-high 22 points, adding 10 rebounds and five blocks. Jefferson and Natalie Butler each scored 11 points, with Jefferson adding five assists.

Freshman Katie Lou Samuelson, making her second start of the season, scored 13 points in a 24-0 which put the game out of reach pretty early on. UConn ended the first quarter ahead 32-10 and was up 57-21 at the half. Samuelson would finish with a career-high 21 points.

The Huskies hit a season-high 13 three-pointers and shot 54% from the field in the game. They forced 20 turnovers, scoring 30 points off of those turnovers.

UConn also dominated in the paint, outscoring Temple 46-22 and outrebounding the Owls, 48-34. The Huskies' 16 offensive rebounds led to 24 second-chance points.

Six Huskies scored in double figures in the rout and UConn's starters didn't play in the fourth quarter. Napheesa Collier and Gabby Williams each scored 10 points off the bench.

This all happened against a pretty good Temple squad which is probably the third-best team in the American.

UConn is back in action on Wednesday night when they host UCF at the XL Center in Hartford.