By Carl Adamec
The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is 20 minutes away from moving into the top spot in the polls.
Freshman Breanna Stewart has nine points and the second-ranked Huskies have taken a 31-13 halftime lead over No. 1 Stanford at sold-out Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal, who have won 82 straight home games, are just 5-for-33 from the floor.
UConn broke a 5-5 tie with a 17-2 run. Bria Hartley got it started with a 3-pointer and Stefanie Dolson followed with an eight-foot bank shot. After Chiney Ogwumike scored on an offensive rebound, Kelly Faris hit a 3 and two free throws and Stewart scored seven straight points for a 22-7 lead.
The Huskies’ biggest lead was 29-9 on a Faris layup off a steal and pass by Brianna Banks.
Faris and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis have seven points each for UConn. Dolson has just the two points but has 11 rebounds. Ogwumike has eight points for Stanford but is only 3-for-13 from the floor.
Freshman Morgan Tuck, who missed UConn’s last two games with a right knee bone bruise, entered the game for the final 1:05 of the period.
The second-ranked Huskies (10-0) are 13-3 in games featuring the top two teams in the Associated Press poll, including 3-0 against the Cardinal in three meetings in just over a one-year span. Stanford (11-0) is 1-7 in such affairs with a home win over No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 17, 1996.