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Women's college basketball highlights: No. 3 UConn routs No. 2 Notre Dame

Connecticut's Breanna Stewart (30) looked for her shot while Notre Dame's Taya Reimer defended in the first half Saturday. Stewart had 15 points and nine rebounds.
Connecticut's Breanna Stewart (30) looked for her shot while Notre Dame's Taya Reimer defended in the first half Saturday. Stewart had 15 points and nine rebounds. AP

After a rare early season loss, Geno Auriemma knew his team needed other players to step up offensively for UConn to reach its potential.

Facing rival Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., the Hall of Fame coach got it from Morgan Tuck and Kiah Stokes.

Tuck scored a career-high 25 points and Kiah Stokes added 18 rebounds to help No. 3 UConn beat second-ranked Notre Dame 76-58 on Saturday in the Jimmy V Classic.

"We played well today, we won in a place that's hard to win against a team that's really hard to beat," Auriemma said. "Our players feel really good about that."

In the loss to Stanford a few weeks ago, All-America star Breanna Stewart got little help on offense.

"I think the most significant outcome is people stepped up since the Stanford game, Kiah and Morgan's performance. They are capable of doing this every single night," said Stewart, who had 15 points and nine rebounds. "That's what we need as a team and we'll use that going forward."

This was the first meeting since the two teams played last April in the national championship game, when the Huskies came away with a 79-58 victory.

Both teams were unbeaten at that point setting up the first matchup of undefeated teams in NCAA championship history.

Tuck didn't play in that game as she was recovering from microfracture surgery in her right knee last January. She made her presence felt Saturday.

UConn (6-1) trailed 28-18 midway through the first half before Tuck and Stokes took over, keying a 22-4 run over the next 10 minutes and giving the Huskies control of the game.

Jewell Loyd scored 31 points to lead Notre Dame (8-1), which had won its first eight by an average of 43 points.

■ This was the 17th meeting between the schools since Jan. 16, 2010. UConn has won 10 of them, but the Irish won seven of eight in the series from 2011-2013.

No. 24 West Virginia 83, Coppin St 43: Bria Holmes scored 20 points and had five steals, Averee Fields (Calloway County) added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and West Virginia routed Coppin State in Morgantown, W.Va.

Transylvania 53, Rose-Hulman 51: Paul Laurence Dunbar graduate Jordin Fender scored a team-high 16 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 3:33 left in the Pioneers' win in Terre Haute, Ind.

Nicole Coffman (Casey County) added 13 points and five rebounds, and Katelyn Smith (Perry County Central) had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Western Kentucky 93, Alabama State 54: Chastity Gooch (Franklin-Simpson) moved into the Lady Hilltoppers' top 10 for career scoring with 12 points in a rout in Diddle Arena at Bowling Green. Gooch tied Kim Pehlke with 1,487 career points.

Alexis Govan led WKU (8-2) with 20 points and seven rebounds, and Bria Gaines had a double-double with 12 points, 11 boards and three blocked shots.

Eastern Kentucky 63, Marshall 58: Michaela Hunter (Rockcastle County) and Miranda Maples scored 12 points apiece in EKU's win in Richmond. Jasmine Stafford had nine points, 11 rebounds and two steals.

Pikeville 98, Wilberforce 63: The Lady Bears limited Wilberforce to 30.7 percent from the field in a victory at the Ben Waterman Classic hosted by Central State.

Khalilah Quigley led Pikeville with 21 points, while Kelah Eldridge (Letcher County) and Kayla Day (Fairview) added 15 and 14 points, respectively. Eldridge hit four threes and Day hit two while also dishing out a game-high seven assists.

Austin Peay 99, Brescia 63: Madison Rich (Edmonson County) hit four three-pointers and finished with 26 points and four rebounds for the host Lady Govs. Kristen Stainback (Scott County) added 15 points and five rebounds for Austin Peay.

Lindsey Wilson 76, St. Catherine 62: Keosha Wisener scored a career-high 15 points for the host Blue Raiders.

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