For the second year in a row the no. 1 UConn Huskies have gone undefeated in the American Athletic Conference regular season after defeating South Florida 88-65.
UConn junior forward Brianna Stewart led all scorers with 29 points while grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with seven blocks in one of her best games of the season.
USF’s leading scorer was Courtney Williams with 26 points.
Although the regular season title was already decided before the game, the Huskies still absorbed second place USF’s best punch early in the game.
In front of their home crowd South Florida hung around with UConn in the early going as UConn held just a 12-10 lead at the first media timeout.
That didn’t last long as UConn was able to open up the game by going on a 15-2 run that gave them a comfortable 37-19 lead with around eight minutes left in the half.
UConn was fueled by strong play from their starters in the first half. Stewart had 17 first half points, Morgan Tuck had 12 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 11 points of her own.
The Huskies entered the half with a 54-29 lead.
UConn’s hot shooting carried over into the second half. The Huskies opened up the half going 6-for-6 from the field to gain a 66-36 lead forcing USF to call an early timeout.
Led by Williams, USF tried to cut into the deficit as they pulled to within 20 points with less than 10 minutes remaining. UConn suffered a scoring drought over the span as they went zero for nine from the field.
A layup from Stewart with 9:30 remaining broke a 10-0 USF run and put UConn up 72-53.
The UConn lead was never in serious danger as they finished they outscored USF 16-12 to end the game.
The UConn offense once again played efficient and balanced basketball and proved why they have the best offense in the country.
UConn entered the game with five players ranked in the top five in the American Conference in shooting percentage. They also lead the nation in field goal percentage shooting 53.5 percent. Against USF, UConn shot 56 percent from the field.
USF’s Courtney Williams entered the game as the conference’s leading scorer averaging 20.7 points per game. UConn did a good job slowing down Williams and making her work for all of her shots as she needed 26 shot attempts to reach 26 points.
The Huskies held USF as a team to just 38 percent shooting from the field in the game.
UConn will be in action again as the no. 1 seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament this weekend.