After UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma ripped his team following the win over Tulsa, the Huskies responded with a dominant 113-57 win over the Temple Owls.
Katie Lou Samuelson sat out after injuring her ankle last game. In her place, Azura Stevens earned her fifth start of the season and finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three blocks.
Megan Walker had the best game of her young career, finishing with a career high 22 points along with six rebounds and five assists.
The Huskies were slow out of the blocks, allowing Temple to jump ahead 6-0. However, UConn would battle to tie the game before taking the lead on the back of a 7-0 run.
The run allowed UConn to take control of the game as they slowly built their lead and did not allow the Owls to get back in. By the end of the first quarter, the Huskies led by 10.
Crystal Dangerfield — the Huskies’ facilitator on offense — also took on a scoring load, dropping 10 points in the first half alone. She finished with 12 points on 5-7 shooting.
UConn took their biggest lead of the game when Dangerfield hit Kia Nurse for three to extend the gap to 21. The Huskies utilized the three heavily in the first half, hitting 54.5 percent of their shots from beyond the arc before the break.
Despite a 56-32 lead at the half, UConn didn’t play up to their standards for much of the half. However, that changed in the third quarter as the Huskies flat-out dominated, outscoring Temple 34-11 in the period.
With over 16 minutes remaining in the game, Gabby Williams notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. She finished with a career-high 11 assists along with 12 points and two steals.
Along with Walker, Kyla Irwin got the second-most minutes off the bench and put together arguably the best game of her career. She finished with a career-high 18 minutes and hit all three of her shots for seven points.
By the end of the third quarter, UConn held a commanding 90-43 lead. With the game well in hand, the fourth quarter was merely a formality and a chance for the reserves to impress. As a team, the Huskies assisted on 25 baskets and only turned the ball over 11 times, most of which came in the final quarter.
Kia Nurse led all scorers with 24 points on 4-8 shooting from three. She also chipped in six rebounds and four assists.
Next, UConn will head to Memphis to face the Tigers on Wednesday at 1 p.m.