UConn Wins 70-49

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Idle time is not a coach’s friend, no matter how accustomed they’ve become to it or how successful they’ve handled it.
Geno Auriemma has dealt with it triumphantly for 30 years, but he knows how rust can accumulate when you don’t regularly stoke the fire.
After racing through the first eight games of the season in 15 days, No. 1 UConn had a week off before Sunday’s meeting with Ohio State on the final day of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the Mass Mutual Center.
You could tell the difference, at least until the Huskies got rolling in the first half. Perhaps the sheen didn’t glimmer as brightly as usual, but it still lit the way to the Huskies 70-49 win over the Buckeyes.
The Huskies (9-0) were led in scoring by Bria Hartley, who scored 17 points. Stefanie Dolson added 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight turnovers, which put her perilously close to the kind of triple-double you don’t write home about. Brianna Banks had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Ohio State (6-3) was paced by Raven Ferguson, who scored all of her 14 points in the second half. Ameryst Alston scored 11 and Martina Ellerbe added 10.
Counting last weekend’s blitz through Boston University, Monmouth and St. Bonaventure in the first stage of this tournament, the cumulative score for the four games was 354-172.
Next is UC-Davis (2-4) Thursday at the XL Center, which will be followed by another 12-day exam break before No. 2 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 17.
In total, UConn plays only five games in December, ending with the American Athletic Conference opener at home against Cincinnati. And, really, who knows how many of those 18 games will provide unscheduled rest stops along the road to the NCAA Tournament?

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