The UConn women’s basketball team is, once again, utterly dominant this season. Currently sitting with a pristine 30-0 record, Geno Auriemma’s squad is seen as a prohibitive favorite to claim yet another national title. Before the NCAA Tournament arrives, though, the Huskies have to navigate the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
In the team’s first game, the Huskies throttled Tulane, 82-56. On Monday evening, UConn faced what was presumably a more difficult task in the form of a Cincinnati team that entered with a 19-10 overall record and a 10-6 mark in conference play. However, things went very wrong for the Bearcats prior to halftime, giving UConn a ridiculous 43-5 advantage as the clock hit zero on the the second quarter.
While there were a number of insane takeaways from the first half of action, one of them was that it was a record-matching performance, even in the thoroughly dominant Auriemma era.
Beyond that, Cincinnati was held to just 2-for-23 shooting in the first half with 11 turnovers and, as noted above, the Bearcats failed to score a single point in the second quarter of play. On the UConn side, it almost feels as if the margin could have been wider, as the Huskies connected on only 2 of their 13 attempts from three-point range. Even with Azura Stevens putting up an impressive 14-point, 11-rebound double-double in the first half, the ball was simply rolling downhill.
At first glance, one would assume that UConn was matching up with a wildly inferior opponent and, obviously, that appears to be true. Still, this is a decent Cincinnati squad, meaning this game is another reminder that the sport’s landscape includes UConn in one category and everyone else in another.