Easy, Breezy Win Over Houston

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As the meteorologists have been reiterating for the last few days, the world can be a cold place to work and play.
They are correct. And sometimes, even the air temperature can be unbearable.
The point is, Houston, in last place in the American Athletic Conference, came to Gampel Pavilion in need of a warm hug.
Their head coach, Todd Buchanan, left in the midst of his eighth season and he did it just before Christmas.  Not the best way to build confidence for the future.
Instead, the Cougars felt the biting wind of the nation’s No. 1 team during a 90-40 loss before a crowd of 6,247.
Houston (4-11, 0-4) has not won since Buchanan left. That’s its cold reality. It was led by Alecia Smith (11 points).
The Huskies, meanwhile, are as hot as the tropics. And they played like it again against a badly undermanned opponent.
They were led by Breanna Stewart, the shimmering sophomore named USA Basketball’s Female Player of the Year earlier in the day.
Stewart scored 24 points, 17 in the first half when the Huskies pried up a 52-19 lead. She had nine rebounds, four assists and six blocks, the last a rousing one that signaled the end of her night.
Stefanie Dolson blocked a career-high seven shots, six in within the 14 minutes she played in the first half. She added eight points and nine rebounds.
Morgan Tuck, perhaps back in the easy groove that always has distinguished her, scored a career-high 19 points, 10 in the first half.
And Kiah Stokes recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.
The Huskies (16-0, 4-0) have now defeated new conference sorority sisters, Central Florida, Memphis and Houston, by a combined (69) points to conjure images of what life was once like at the bottom end of the Big East barrel.
UConn had 17 blocked shots and won 22 straight dating to last year’s NCAA Tournament.
“I have no idea how we do that [block shots],” Dolson said. “We’re really big?”
Its next game will be Saturday at Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena against Temple. Then UConn heads to Waco, Texas for Monday’s game at Baylor, its final non-conference game of the season.

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