Tina Charles scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as top-ranked Connecticut began the defense of its sixth national title with a 105-35 rout of Northeastern yesterday in Storrs, Conn.
Charles, who pulled down her 1,000th career rebound in the first half, was one of six Huskies in double figures.
It was a day of milestones for UConn, which unveiled its latest national championship banner before the game. The team extended its winning streak to 40 games, its home winning streak to 40 games, and its regular-season winning streak to 39 games. UConn also has 116 consecutive wins against unranked nonconference opponents.
UConn scored the game’s first 28 points and was never challenged, building a 69-15 lead at the half. Rachael Pecota led Northeastern with 10 points.
Vermont 52, N.C. State 47 - May Kotsopoulos scored 21 points and Courtnay Pilypaitis added 15 as the Catamounts (2-0) surprised the
Fairfield 74, URI 68 - Katelyn Linney scored 18 points and the Stags rolled past the host Rams, spoiling the debut of former Boston College coach Cathy Inglese.
Dartmouth 57, Bryant 47 - Cassie Cooper scored 14 points and the host Big Green built a 12-point halftime lead and coasted to a season-opening win over the Bulldogs.
Hartford 71, Quinnipiac 53 - Erica Beverly scored 16 points and the Hawks rolled past the visiting Bobcats in the teams’ opener.