Tiffany Hayes scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a 72-49 win over Villanova on Saturday.
Rachel Roberts scored 16 points for the Wildcats, who got within five points when two baskets by Emily Leer made it 41-36, but Connecticut (14-2 overall, 4-1 Big East) answered by scoring 12 of the next 15 points to retake control of the game.
Hayes scored 10 straight points during a four-minute stretch to make it 58-42 Connecticut with less than six minutes to play.
Villanova (11-6, 2-3) went 7:49 without scoring in the first half, turning a 15-11 lead into a 26-15 deficit. Connecticut went into halftime leading 37-26.