UNCASVILLE, Conn. — UConn beat USF by 14 in the American Athletic Conference final, a victory that for the Huskies could be considered a squeaker.
UConn has never lost an AAC regular-season or tournament game and, before Monday's 84-70 win, had never won a conference game by fewer than 20 points.
USF (26-7) has given the Huskies their toughest competition in the AAC this season. UConn, which won its regular-season conference games by an average of 48.7 points, beat the Bulls by 42 in Storrs but by a relatively close 23 in the regular-season finale in Tampa.
"In the last seven days, these basketball players have proven that they can compete and play with anybody in the country," USF coach Jose Fernandez said.
Shalethia Stringfield tied a career high with 20 points, Tamara Taylor had 17 and Courtney Williams added 16 for the Bulls, whose only losses in their past eight games have come to UConn.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led four UConn players in double figures with 23 points and was named the tournament's most outstanding player after scoring 62 over three games.
Breanna Stewart added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies (32-1), who led by 23 at halftime and held off USF after intermission. Morgan Tuck had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Moriah Jefferson scored 14.
"If (those) four starters play like they played this weekend and like they played in some of the big games that we played this year, we are going to be hard to beat," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.