UConn continues roll back at No. 1
Moore, Hartley combine for 37 in rout against Pirates
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Maya Moore scored 20 points and Bria Hartley added 17 to help No. 1 Connecticut beat Seton Hall 80-59 on Tuesday night.
Stefanie Dolson had 14 points while Tiffany Hayes added 10 for UConn, which moved back into the top spot in the poll Monday after Baylor lost to Texas Tech on Saturday. The Huskies occupied the No. 1 position for a record 51 consecutive weeks before losing to Stanford on Dec. 30.
Connecticut (27-1, 14-0 Big East) has won the last 27 meetings with Seton Hall and 42 of 43. More impressively, UConn hasn't lost to an unranked opponent in 153 consecutive games.
Jazzmine Johnson scored 14 points and Brittany Morris added 12 for Seton Hall (8-19, 1-13), which has dropped 12 of its last 13 games overall and fell to 0-15 against No. 1 teams all-time.
Connecticut has had its way with Seton Hall during the last two decades and Pirates first-year coach Anne Donovan was hoping to change that. She said when hired that she was "tired of UConn beating up on folks."
For a half, Seton Hall put up a fight.
The Huskies scored the game's first eight points and looked well on their way to another rout. But the Pirates wouldn't go away.
UConn opened a 23-8 advantage midway through the first half and in the past, that might have been enough to knock Seton Hall out, but they battled back again.
Johnson had a three-point play and Whitney Wood and Morris followed with 3-pointers as the Pirates hung around.
Jasmine Crew's floater with 1:58 left in the half cut UConn's lead to 36-25 and gave the Pirates more points than they scored in last season's 97-24 loss to the Huskies in New Jersey.
The Huskies led 38-27 at the half.
That's as close as the Pirates would get as UConn came out with much more energy in the second half. The Huskies scored 18 of the first 20 points after the break with Hartley contributing nine of them to turn the game into another rout.
Moore got it started with a 3-pointer and Hartley then scored the next seven points to make it 48-29. She capped the spurt with another layup off a nifty pass from Moore.
Seton Hall, which made a season-high 11 3-pointers, could only get within 19 the rest of the game.
Dolson continued her solid play, making six of her eight shots. Over the last 11 games she's shooting 68 percent (63 for 93).
The Pirates were without second leading scorer Kandice Green, who sprained her ankle in a loss to Notre Dame in early February. She's missed the last four games.
UConn has now won 64 consecutive conference games and 77 consecutive contests at home. The Huskies visit No. 18 Georgetown on Saturday before closing the regular season with a home game against Syracuse on Monday when Moore's jersey will be unveiled in the Huskies' of honor section of Gampel Pavilion. With a victory on Saturday, Connecticut will clinch the top seed in the Big East tournament which begins on March 4.