Unlike the previous game, the UConn Huskies women's basketball team entered Saturday night's game against the East Carolina Pirates with their normal starting lineup. And as we've come to expect, they didn't have a problem getting an early big lead.
Using a 20-0 run in the 1st quarter to break the game wide open, the UConn women routed ECU 84-41 in front of 3,781 at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC.
The Huskies move to 26-0 (15-0 AAC) while the Pirates fall to 10-17 (4-11 AAC).
Breanna Stewart did Breanna Stewart type things as usual as she just missed a triple double by two blocks. She finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and had eight blocked shots.
The eight blocked shots pushed Stewart into second place all-time with 377. She now trails Rebecca Lobo (396) by 19 blocks.
Katie Lou Samuelson, who was a driving force in the 1st quarter run, led UConn with 19 points and also pulled down five rebounds. Natalie Butler came off the bench to score 11 points.
I'Tiana Taylor was the only member of ECU to hit the double digit mark in points with 12. She also grabbed nine rebounds. Marina Laramie led the Pirates with 10 rebounds and added five points.
This marked the final road game of the 2015-16 season for the UConn women. They have three games left at home before the conference tournament which is down the road in Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun.
The Huskies will definitely be hosting first and second round games in Storrs for the NCAA Tournament and will play in the regionals in Bridgeport should they advance that far. They wouldn't have to leave the state of Connecticut until the Final Four in Indianapolis, IN.
The first of those three final regular season home games comes up on Wednesday night when the SMU Mustangs come to Gampel Pavilion. Tip is set for 7 p.m.