HARTFORD, Conn. — Moriah Jefferson led UConn with 17 points and the top-ranked Huskies, playing without two-time national player of the year Breanna Stewart, routed LSU 86-40 on Monday night.
Morgan Tuck and Katie Lou Samuelson each scored 14 points, and Gabby Williams chipped in with 13 to help UConn to its 46th straight win.
Rina Hill led LSU (6-6) with 10 points.
UConn (9-0) outscored LSU 35-6 off turnovers, 42-12 in the paint and 24-2 on the fast break.
The Huskies put on a defensive clinic, holding the Tigers to just 16 baskets on 54 shots (29.6 percent) and forcing 28 turnovers.
Stewart sprained right her right ankle in practice last week and as a precaution did not dress. She was wearing dress flats on the bench.
The 6-foot-4 senior leads the Huskies in scoring (22.9 points), rebounding (8.1) and blocked shots (27) this season. She had scored more than 20 points in six of UConn’s first eight games and had played 92 consecutive games since missing the first-round of the 2013 NCAA tournament with an ankle injury.
But the Huskies didn’t need Stewart in this one. They never trailed. Kia Nurse scored nine of her 11 points in the first quarter and UConn led 18-6 after 10 minutes.
Hill scored the first basket of the second quarter, but UConn then went on an 18-2 run.
Sophomore Jenna Deemer came in leading LSU in scoring at 11.5 points per game but was held to just two points, missing all six of her shots from the floor.
There was one scary moment when LSU’s Akilah Bethel grabbed Williams’ right leg and threw her to the ground as the Husky sophomore was trying for an offensive rebound in the fourth. Williams was down for a while, before walking off the court. Bethel received a flagrant foul.