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.
NO. 3 STANFORD 83, BOSTON COLLEGE 71
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.
NO. 6 NOTRE DAME 99, UNC WILMINGTON 50
In South Bend, Ind., Jewell Loyd and Michaela Mabrey scored 19 points each Saturday to lead Notre Dame over UNC Wilmington.