By Carl Adamec
STORRS, Conn. — Even in perfect conditions the DePaul women’s basketball team would have its work cut out for it against third-ranked UConn.
The perfect storm that hit Connecticut Saturday kept the Blue Demons from arriving at Gampel Pavilion until about 90 minutes before Sunday’s tipoff. The only thing perfect once they got here was the Huskies for some stretches.
Stefanie Dolson had 22 of her 23 points in the first half as UConn routed DePaul 91-44 in Big East action before an announced crowd of 8,861.
All-American Bria Hartley added 18 points in her second straight solid effort as the Huskies (22-1 overall, 9-1 Big East) pushed their winning streak to 10 and improved to 48-0 against the Conference USA 5 — Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville Marquette, and South Florida — since they joined the Big East for the 2005-06 season.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma is now 10-0 against DePaul and his longtime friend, coach Doug Bruno. Last summer, Bruno served as an assistant coach to Auriemma on the 2012 United States Olympic Team that won the gold medal in London.
The Blue Demons (17-7, 6-4) were scheduled to arrive Saturday but could not get into Connecticut because of the blizzard. Bradley International Airport opened this morning and they arrived in Windsor Locks at 12:20 p.m. Their bus picked them up about 45 minutes later and they arrived here at just about 2:15 p.m. for the 3:40 p.m. tip.
With DePaul’s all-Big East senior guard Anna Martin missing her sixth straight game with a left knee injury, the Blue Demons watched the Huskies take an early lead and never look back.
UConn scored 11 unanswered points — five by Dolson, four by Hartley — to take a 15-3 lead. After a 3-pointer by DePaul’s Megan Podkowa, UConn went on a 9-0 run to go ahead 24-6. The Huskies closed the first half with an 11-4 spurt to lead 52-27 at the break.
DePaul got no closer.
Breanna Stewart chipped in nine points and nine rebounds.
Megan Rogowski had 12 points for the Blue Demons. But sophomore guard Brittany Hrynko, who came in averaging 16 points per game, was 0-for-14 from the floor with eight turnovers. Senior forward Katherine Harry, the Big East’s leading rebounder, had no rebounds Sunday.
UConn visits Providence Tuesday night.