Top-ranked Huskies sprint past Oregon

HARTFORD, Conn. — Stefanie Dolson recorded the second triple-double in Connecticut history, with a career-high 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as the top-ranked Huskies ran away from Oregon 114-68 on Wednesday night.

Brenna Stewart had 28 points and eight rebounds and Bria Hartley added 17 points, six rebounds, and six assists for UConn (5-0).

Freshman Chrishae Rowe had 27 for the Ducks (2-2), just over her season average.

The Huskies never trailed. They used a 13-2 run to open up an early 18-point lead and ran away from there.

Oregon coach Paul Westhead had his run-and-gun team averaging almost 110 points a game this season. But the Huskies held the Ducks to 31 percent shooting, blocked 12 shots and outscored Oregon in the paint 64-28.

The only other triple-double in UConn history was recorded by Laura Lishness in 1989.

Coach Geno Auriemma played Dolson late into the second half to get the milestone. She passed the ball to Kiah Stokes for a short jumper with 1:20 left to record her 10th assist and got another one on a jumper by walk-on Birana Pulido a few seconds later.

Former NBA and WNBA coach Paul Westhead had his run-and-gun Oregon team averaging almost 110 points a game this season.

The Ducks came in having attempted 266 shots in three games and broke the Pac-12 scoring record in their season opener, a 131-91 win over Cal State Bakersfield. Five Ducks came in averaging double figures, led by Rowe's 26 points per game.

Jillian Alleyne, who sprained an ankle in the Ducks' loss to Sacramento State on Sunday, wasn't expected to play in this one. Last year's Pac-12 freshman of the year had 15 points.

The Huskies beat Stanford, Maryland and Penn State by an average of more than 18 points, despite playing the last two games without post players Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck. Mosqueda-Lewis, a preseason All American, sustained a nerve contusion to her elbow during the Maryland game, and Tuck undergoing minor surgery to repair cartilage in her right knee. Both are expected to miss about a month.

The Huskies will have played 10 games by Dec. 5 and will have just 12 more before February.

The win comes the same day UConn announced a four-member signing class for next season. Kia Nurse, Courtney Ekmark, Sadie Edwards and Gabby Williams all are guards, though Nurse and Ekmark both are 6-foot tall.

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