STORRS, Conn. — Moriah Jefferson scored 16 points to lead six UConn players in double figures as the second-ranked Huskies followed up a win over top-ranked South Carolina by routing Tulane 87-39 on Saturday.
Morgan Tuck added 14 points for the Huskies (24-1, 13-0 American Athletic Conference) who are poised to take over the No. 1 ranking when the new poll comes out Monday.
Danielle Blagg had 10 points to lead Tulane (19-6, 10-4), which had won three straight and were 8-1 on the road.
It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs, and UConn lead from start to finish.
Kia Nurse scored seven straight points to highlight a 15-0 UConn run that made it 25-4 just under 9 minutes into the game. Some fans began leaving before halftime to beat a snowstorm that was moving into the area.
Nurse had a dozen points, Breanna Stewart chipped in with 11, and Soniya Chong had 10 as UConn shot 48.6 percent from the floor.
The Huskies, who beat the Gamecocks by 25 points on Monday, have been No. 2 for the last 12 weeks since suffering their only loss of the season at Stanford.
They have been beating their conference opponents by just under 50-points a game, have won their last 71 games against unranked teams and their last 31 home games.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had two 3-pointers during a 10-0 run that opened the game. That gave her 350 for her career. She’s just the 15th Division I player to reach that plateau. She was 3 of 7 from behind the arc and finished with nine points.
A 3-pointer by Jefferson gave UConn its first 30-point lead, 42-12 at halftime and the Huskies extended that in the second half.
A jumper by Stewart with more than 14 minutes remaining gave the Huskies a 60-20 lead. A fast-break layup by Chong pushed the lead to 50 at 70-30.
Stewart’s 11 points moved her into a tie for 15th place on the school’s all-time scoring list with assistant coach Shea Ralph. The sophomore has 1,678 points in just 101 games.
UConn outscored Tulane 48-18 in the paint and outrebounded the Green Wave 45-30.
The Green Wave came into the game ranked 19th in the country in scoring defense, giving up just 55.3 points per game, and had not given up more than 69 points in any game this season. They were facing a Husky team that leads the nation in scoring, and came in averaging 89.4 points. ... Tulane didn’t attempt a free throw.
The Huskies honored their 1995 national championship team at halftime, bringing out nine members of the team that went 35-0 to win the first of nine national championships. ...The Green Wave complete their two-game East Coast road trip with a visit to Philadelphia on Tuesday night to take on Temple.