Breanna Stewart, No. 1 UConn cruise to win over No. 4 Louisville

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-ranked UConn to an 81-64 victory over No. 4 Louisville on Sunday in a rematch of last season's national championship game.

Just as in the matchup last April, which UConn won by 33 points, Stewart and the Huskies were too much for Louisville. The win was UConn's 31st straight dating back to last season's title run. That's the fifth-longest winning streak in school history.

The Huskies (25-0, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) led by 11 at the half and when Louisville (23-2, 11-1) got within 47-40, Stewart answered with five straight points to ignite a 16-5 run that put the game away. Louisville could only get within 14 the rest of the way.

Asia Taylor scored 18 points to lead Louisville, which had its 16-game winning streak end. The Cardinals' only other loss came back on Dec. 1 against Kentucky.

Stewart, who scored 22 points in the national championship game, got UConn going in the first half. UConn only led 29-24 before the 6-foot-4 sophomore hit consecutive 3-pointers to give UConn its first double-digit lead of the game. The Huskies led 44-33 at the half.

UConn did receive a slight scare late in the first half when Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis went down with 18 seconds left, injuring her left elbow on a jump ball play.

Mosqueda-Lewis, who missed eight games with a nerve contusion of her right elbow, returned early in the second half with a sleeve over her left elbow, but didn't score. She finished the game with 13 points.

The Huskies could ill afford to lose her. UConn is already without forward Morgan Tuck, who recently underwent season-ending knee surgery. Guard Brianna Banks also missed her third straight game with an ankle injury.

Louisville guard Bria Smith missed her second straight game because of tendinitis in her knees.

Moriah Jefferson added a career-high 18 points for the Huskies, who improved to 8-0 against Top 25 teams, including victories over six of the top 10. They've won those games by an average of nearly 22 points.

The only currently ranked team left on UConn's schedule is a rematch against Louisville on the first Monday in March.

Louisville hasn't had much success against UConn, losing 14 of the past 15 meetings, including twice with the national championship on the line.

Sunday's game was the annual Play4Kay game. UConn wore uniforms with pink trim and all the fans were given pink pompoms. The Huskies were auctioning off their uniforms after the game for the charity.


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