Stewart, Huskies off to a great start

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands - Freshman Breanna Stewart scored 17 points to lead No. 2 UConn to a 91-57 rout of No. 14 Purdue on Saturday and the championship of the Paradise Jam tournament.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 15 points for UConn (5-0), before leaving with just over 2 minutes left after taking what appeared to be an inadvertent elbow to the head.

The Huskies had four players in double figures.

UConn, which also beat Wake Forest by 61 points and Marist by 42 in the tournament, was expecting a tougher game from the previously undefeated Boilermakers (5-1). But the Huskies jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never trailed.

The defending Big Ten champions were blown out despite shooting 13 of 22 from 3-point range.

Courtney Moses led all scorers with 24 points, hitting six of her eight shots from behind the arc. KK Houser added 16 for the Boilermakers.

But the Huskies dominated inside, outscoring Purdue 46-8 in the paint and blocking seven shots.

Purdue turned the ball over on its first four possessions and missed its first five shots, as UConn opened the game on a 16-2 run.

Stewart, the tournament MVP, matched her season average Saturday after a 20-point, 10-rebound performance in the Huskies' win over Marist on Friday night.

Connecticut has won 49 straight games in regular-season tournaments, dating back to December, 1992 and a loss to Vanderbilt in the Hilton Head Super Shootout.


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