At some point prior to the conclusion of Thursday morning’s shoot-around, UConn junior post Kiah Stokes took a step that didn’t quite stick.
If left her with a twisted left ankle, not serious, but bad enough to leave the Huskies just eight deep for their game against UC Davis at the XL Center.
But if there’s one thing Geno Auriemma has grown accustomed to in the first 10 games of this season, it’s been how to handle a short-handed situation. You just make believe you’re on the power play.
And Auiemma’s eight proved more powerful than the legion of Aggies. The end result was UConn’s 97-37 win.
UConn (10-0) was led by Bria Hartley. She scored 25 points, 20 in the first half. In the process of shooting 8-for-9 (5 of 5 from three) she became the 19th player in program history with at least 1,500 points.
Breanna Stewart scored 19 points with a career-high 13 rebounds. Moriah Jefferson had 11 points and eight assists. Stefanie Dolson had 18 points.
Where to begin? Well, the Huskies actually trailed 5-4 with 16 minutes, 40 seconds to play in the first half. And by that time, they already had four fouls, a potential problem percolating.
Well, by the time next the Aggies scored, UConn led, 13-7. UC Davis’ next score made it 35-9. And at the half, it was 60-17 and it might have been worse had Moriah Jefferson launched a good three-pointer just a split-second late.
But who was still counting by that point.