By JOHN ALTAVILLA
STORRS – After Friday’s 58-point win over Boston University, there wasn’t much anyone could say to add to what was plainly obvious.
UConn is No. 1 in the nation for a reason. And who really knows, maybe even for the season?
However, sophomore Breanna Stewart, UConn’s All-American in incubation, did say something that must have chilled the spine of mid-major Monmouth.
“I don’t think everyone on our team has played their best game at the same time,” Stewart said. “But when that happens …”
There’s no way to tell if it happened Saturday at Gampel Pavilion, because even if it did UConn’s inventory will still be two short until Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck get back.
But the winless Hawks must have felt they witnessed something state-of-the-art after UConn put a major 100-46 hurt on them at Gampel Pavilion.
The Huskies were led by Stewart (24 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals). She has three-straight 20-point games, four this season.
It appears she is the main offensive beneficiary to the loss to Mosqueda-Lewis, the record-breaking three-point producer. In Stewart’s last five games, dating to the win at Maryland Nov. 15, she has scored 117. She is averaging 20.0 points this season.
Stewart was supported by the usual crew; the other six regulars each played a major role in the rout.
Moriah Jefferson added 17 points and five assists. Bria Hartley added 14 points and six assists. Brianna Banks scored 11 in 17 minutes with three three-pointers.
And junior Kiah Stokes, never with consecutive double-digit scoring games, picked up her third straight with 14 points. It was her basket with 35.5 seconds to play that got UConn to 100.
Monmouth, which played with great energy and spirit throughout the game, was led by Helena Kurt’s nine points.