The most startling aspect of the preseason for the No. 2 UConn women was the realization that not one of their 224 points came from the hands of its All-American, Bria Hartley.
Hartley is out with a badly sprained ankle. Her return is still undetermined. And yet, even without her, the depth and versatility that remains will spin the head of their opponents.
On this the 2012-13 season’s opening day, the dubious honor of being the first opponent to dip its toe in the shark-filled water was the College of Charleston Sunday at Gampel Pavilion.
And frankly, the next two hours were filled with enough gore to divert your gaze as the Huskies steamrolled the Cougars, 103-39, before a crowd of 6,221.
You may have heard of Breanna Stewart, the nation’s consensus high school player of the year last season. Geno Auriemma thinks she could one of the best players UConn has ever recruited.
Now we know why. Stewart made her debut by leading six Huskies in double-figures with 21 points (8 of 11) with five rebounds and four steals. Only Maya Moore scored as many in their UConn debuts in program history,
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 19 points, five steals, four assists and eight rebounds
Let’s put it this way: the Cougars scored the first and last basket of the first half. UConn scored 57 of the other 66 points to lead, 57-13.
Kelly Faris put them over 100 with a layup with 2:21 to play.