Geno Auriemma's top-ranked Huskies cruised to their ninth win of the season on Sunday afternoon with a 70-49 victory over Ohio State in the Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield, Mass. It was the 52nd consecutive victory in a regular-season tournament for UConn, the defending national champs.
Senior guard Bria Hartley led the way with 17 points, continuing her strong start to the season. Senior center Stefanie Dolson added 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Brianna Banks was the only other Husky to score in double-figures (12).
The last time UConn lost in a regular-season tournament? It was to Vandy back in 1992 and Auriemma didn't finish the game.
"I got thrown out of that game and that's why we lost it," he said on Sunday night. "We were losing by a lot and that's why I got thrown out."
The 70 points scored by the Huskies was their lowest output of the year and it's not a complete surprise; the team last played on Nov. 24 and wasn't as sharp as they were in many of their first eight wins.
"It's tough," Dolson admitted. "You get your body and mind used to one schedule and then it will change again. Every team goes through that at some time and we have to make sure our mindset is always right."
Also not helping: The Huskies have been without Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck -- in both practices and games -- as they recover from injuries.
"Practice becomes less than productive at times," Auriemma said. "There's instances when you want a lot of games and not a lot of practice as much. We start school (Monday) and are back on our routine. There's nothing you can do about it. The schedule is what it is and we go through it every year."
If history is any guide, we're guessing the Huskies will find a way to work through it. Next up: UC Davis comes to the XL Center on Dec. 5 and 12 days later, they'll face Duke in Durham, NC.