Top-ranked UConn women breeze to opening win

Connecticut guard Moriah Jefferson had a career-high 17 points to lead four players in double figures in a season-opening rout.



HARTFORD, Conn. — Moriah Jefferson scored a career-high 17 points and top-ranked Connecticut began the defense of its eighth national title with an 89-34 rout of in-state rival Hartford on Saturday.

The sophomore guard, who also had five assists, led a balanced offensive that saw four players reach double figures. Center Stefanie Dolson had 16 points and six rebounds. Breanna Stewart added 14 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis chipped in 12 for the Huskies.

The competition gets much stiffer very quickly for UConn, which plays host to No. 3 Stanford on Monday.



In Boston, Amber Orrange had 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, just missing a triple-double for Stanford in a win at Boston College.

Chiney Ogwumike led with 30 points and 14 rebounds for the Cardinal, who gave coach Tara VanDerveer her 895th career victory.



In South Bend, Ind., Jewell Loyd and Michaela Mabrey scored 19 points each Saturday to lead Notre Dame over UNC Wilmington.



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