Top-ranked UConn women breeze to opening win

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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.

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

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.

 
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