WICHITA, Kan. (WSU release) In its first-ever trip to Wichita, No. 2 UConn kept its unbeaten conference record in tact with an 84-47 win in front of 6,156 fans Tuesday night in Charles Koch Arena.
Wichita State (11-16, 4-10) finished the game shooting 35 percent overall and converted 6-of-19 attempts from downtown. The Shockers committed 20 turnovers which led to 27 UConn points.
Carla Bremaud collected her 13th game in double-figures with 15 points.
UConn (26-2, 14-0) has never lost an American Conference game despite head coach Geno Auriemma missing his second straight game due to illness.
Take out the first quarter when UConn outscored WSU 27-5 and WSU kept within striking distance the rest of the way.
The Huskies hit 10 three-pointers and shot 58 percent overall – a season high for a WSU opponent. One of the nation’s top team in assists, UConn dished out 23 assists on 30 made field goals.
Wichita State opened the game with a Lozada-Cabbage corner three and Raven Prince layup to take a 5-4 lead, but the Huskies scored 13 straight to force a Keitha Adams timeout at the 4:40 mark.
Out of the timeout UConn continued to build its lead with the run reaching 23-0 to give them a 27-5 lead after 10 minutes of play. The Huskies shot 66.7 percent and forced eight WSU turnovers in the quarter.
A Seraphine Bastin jumper at the 8:34 mark of the second quarter finally put an end to the nearly 10-minute scoring drought. Jaida Hampton scored on the ensuing possession to make it 31-9 UConn.
With 5:00 minutes remaining until halftime, the Huskies had upped their lead to 40-9. Prince stopped a 9-0 Husky run with a bucket plus the foul. She would miss the free throw, but Trajata Colbert was there to clean it up for a four-point possession.
Crystal Dangerfield’s fourth trey of the half sent UConn into the locker room with a 46-19 lead. WSU hung with the Huskies in the period, only being outscored by five. Bremaud scored a team-high five points in the half, while WSU shot 32 percent from the field. WSU’s 13 turnovers led directly to 21 UConn points.
Dangerfield and Napheesa Collier scored 14 points apiece in leading UConn to a 59 percent half from the floor, including 6-of-12 from long range.
The first five points of the half belonged to the Shockers courtesy of a Bremaud triple, steal and dish to Ambrosio in transition to cut the deficit, 46-24. WSU outscored the Huskies by seven over the first 4:30 to pull within 20.
WSU continued to hang with UConn six minutes into the quarter, but the Huskies closed on a 10-0 spurt to take a 70-36 margin into the final period.
Seven points from Bremaud and a Prince layup underneath keyed a 9-2 run to begin the fourth quarter for WSU, but UConn held the Shockers scoreless for the remaining 4:12.
Wichita State makes its first trip to Philadelphia as a member of The American on Saturday, March 2 to take on the Temple Owls at 1 p.m. CST. The Shockers then have a quick turnaround when they host Tulsa in the regular season finale on Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. WSU will honor its two seniors following the game against the Hurricane.