Backup steps up to help Huskies keep rolling

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Connecticut center Kiah Stokes doesn't usually get a chance to make an impact unless other frontcourt players are having problems.

UConn played without injured Morgan Tuck on Saturday, and Stefanie Dolson and Breanna Stewart were on the bench early with foul trouble.

Stokes responded by hauling down a career-high 18 rebounds and adding six points and three blocks to help the No. 1 Huskies to an 80-36 rout of Temple.

"I got my chance (Saturday), and I knew I had to make some kind of an impact," the junior said. "So if rebounding and blocking is what I have to do, then that's what I have to do."

Bria Hartley led the Huskies with 19 points. Moriah Jefferson added 13 points and Stewart 12 for UConn (17-0, 5-0 AAC), which won its 23rd in a row in a home game played 80 miles from its campus in Storrs.

Erica Covile had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead Temple, which has lost three of four.

The Owls stayed with UConn early, trailing 13-12 after Feyonda Fitzgerald's 3-pointer. But UConn went on an 11-2 run from there and led 39-22 at halftime.

Jefferson had three steals in the first three minutes of the second half, and Hartley hit a 3-pointer that capped a 9-2 run to make it 47-24. A layup by Stokes capped a 17-0 run that gave UConn a 67-27 lead and turned the game into a rout.

NO. 7 BAYLOR 80, TCU 46: Odyssey Sims had 28 points for the Bears (14-1, 4-0 Big 12), who led throughout and won their nation-best 69th straight home game.

NO. 15 OKLA. ST. 69, NO. 11 IOWA ST. 62: Tiffany Bias had 22 points for the visiting Cowgirls (14-1, 3-1 Big 12), who knocked the Cyclones (14-1, 3-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.

OHIO ST. 70, NO. 22 INDIANA 51: Ameryst Alston tied a career high with 29 points for the visiting Buckeyes, who held the Hoosiers (14-1, 1-1 Big 10) to 28.8 percent shooting (17-of-59) and ended their program-best start.

GONZAGA 79, NO. 24 SAN DIEGO 50: Haiden Palmer had 19 points for the host Bulldogs, who handed the Toreros (15-2, 4-2 WCC) their second straight loss since they entered the Associated Press poll for the first time.

State

FLA. TECH 72, TAMPA 62: Kayk Wilson had a career-high 31 points as the host Panthers fought off the Spartans (8-5, 2-2 Sunshine State).

ROLLINS 57, ECKERD 46: Sarah Taylor had 20 points for the host Tars, who handed the Tritons (7-5, 1-2 SSC) their third loss in four games.

SAINT LEO 78, BARRY 65: Teresa Manigrasso had 20 points for the visiting Lions (11-3, 2-2 SSC), who rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit and snapped a three-game losing streak.

Backup steps up to help Huskies keep rolling 01/11/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 11, 2014 11:16pm]

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