STORRS, Conn. – Coach Geno Auriemma was hoping for an early season test for his top-ranked Connecticut Huskies. But he didn’t want it to come at the price of losing his All-America forward.
Bria Hartley had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help No. 1 Connecticut defeated third-ranked Stanford 76-57 on Monday night.
Kiah Stokes added 10 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for the Huskies (2-0), who got a scare early in the second half when preseason All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis fell down trying for a rebound.
She landed awkwardly on her right elbow and was screaming in pain for a few minutes before being helped to the locker room. Auriemma wasn’t sure how badly his star was hurt.
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“They are just going to keep evaluating her (Tuesday) and see how she responds,” Auriemma said. “They really don’t know anything right now. She landed with her palm on the floor, then when her arm bent her elbow hit the floor. There are two separate things she’s trying to figure out.”
The injury didn’t slow down the Huskies, who were in the middle of a 22-6 run that spanned the halves.
Morgan Tuck, her replacement, scored eight straight points, including two three-pointers, to make the score 53-32 with 13:19 left. Stanford couldn’t get closer than 15 points the rest of the way.
Amber Orrange scored a career-high 22 points for the Pac-12 Cardinal (1-1). Chiney Ogwumike added 16 points and 13 rebounds, but Stanford got little other offense.
“I think this kind of let our team know we’re 20 points away,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “How do you make that up? We gave up too many ‘O’ boards for baskets. We sent them to the free-throw line for no reason. We need to do little things correctly and focus on that for the rest of the season.”
The Huskies have to hope Mosqueda-Lewis isn’t injured too badly. They have a busy week ahead, with a trip to No. 8 Maryland on Friday before a game at No. 13 Penn State on Sunday.
“It seems like these three games are not exactly teams that are going to let you do what you want to do. It’s difficult,” Auriemma said. “Maybe it’s supposed to be difficult.”
• In other games with teams ranked in the top five, No. 4 Tennessee won 81-65 at 12th-ranked North Carolina and No. 5 Louisville raced past Quinnipiac 100-82.
• In games involving Pac-12 teams other than Stanford, Thea Lemberger scored 25 points as UCLA beat Pepperdine 82-78 and Oregon State defeated Cal State Bakersfield 80-49.