STORRS, Conn.-- Crystal Dangerfield jogged to the bench at the end of the first quarter of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's NCAA tournament opener Saturday and glanced at the scoreboard.
"I thought it was halftime already," Dangerfield said.
No, the Huskies' record-setting onslaught would continue for another 30 minutes.
Azura Stevens had 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace six players in double figures while Kia Nurse and Katie Lou Samuelson recorded their first career double-doubles as top-seeded UConn set school records for points in a quarter, half, and game in its 140-52 rout of No. 16 Saint Francis of Pennsylvania in an NCAA Albany (New York) Regional first-round game before 6,154 at Gampel Pavilion.
"It was really crazy," UConn forward Napheesa Collier said. "We just tried to get out and run and play at the pace that we wanted to. We like playing fast but the good thing was we didn't play too fast. We like to pass the ball and we did have a lot of assists. We played really well as a team."
UConn (33-0) will face in-state foe and No. 9 Quinnipiac for a spot in the Sweet 16 at the Times Union Center in Albany here Monday night.
The Huskies' previous school marks were 41 in a single quarter (done twice including on Feb. 10 against Wichita State), 68 in a half (done twice), and 126 in a game versus Providence on Jan. 6, 1998.
They also shattered NCAA records for most points in a quarter and half. The previous NCAA records were held by Central Michigan for a quarter (45 in 2015) and Long Beach State for a half (80 points in 1987).
"When teams try to go up-and-down the floor with us I think that works to our advantage," Nurse said.
Saint Francis' decision to run, press, and launch the first open 3 was a disaster.
The Red Flash, champion of the Northeast Conference, then allowed Gabby Williams, Collier, and Stevens to have any mid-range shot they wanted and try to defend the Huskies' 3-point shooters.
"Nobody else in the world stopped them so we were going to try and outscore them," Saint Francis coach Joe Haigh said. "We'd take away their 3-pointers, let them take as many twos as they wanted, and then we'd get up as many 3-pointers as we could.
"It didn't make too much sense to try and do something that hasn't worked for any other team in America. It's not a bad effort and something to build on."
UConn spent 40 minutes building its lead as it rolled to its 25th consecutive first-round win.
"We took advantage of all the things that were available to us," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We're a really unselfish team and we're really good at passing up good shots for great shots. We did that and kept doing that."
It was a three-point game when the Huskies took over with a 33-2 run in a 5:48 span that included 10 points by Samuelson and nine from Williams. Two free throws by Collier made it 44-10.
The lead was 36 after one, 94-31 at the break, and 116-48 going to the fourth quarter. Even the often-maligned Huskies' reserves outscored Saint Francis 24-4 over the final 10 minutes. A three-point play by Megan Walker gave the Huskies a single-game record and a 3-point basket by the freshman broke the American Athletic Conference single-game record of 129 held by South Florida -- against Saint Francis of Pennsylvania.
"We play well in transition and we play well when we're playing well defensively," Dangerfield said. "When we're running we make it hard for other teams to keep up with us."
Collier finished with 25 points on 11-for-13 from the floor to go with five rebounds, a career-high nine assists, four steals, and two blocked shots in just 17 minutes. Walker came off the bench for 19 points and eight rebounds. Williams chipped in 16 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. The starters Saint Francis decided not to guard combined to shoot 29-for-37 and helped the Huskies to a 96-10 bulge in points in the paint.
Nurse posted her first double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Samuelson's double-double came virtue of 18 points and 10 assists. She also had seven rebounds.
"It's funny that it's that way because Katie Lou is taller than Kia and Kia is a point guard," Collier said with a smile. "I'm proud of how they played today and those stats show how well they played today. Everything that they did impacted us in a positive way."
Haley Thomas had 12 points and Caitlyn Kroll 11 for the Red Flash, who fell to 0-12 in NCAA Tournament play and dropped the NEC representative to 0-25.
Jessica Kovatch, the second-leading scorer in the country coming into the game at 24.9 points, had just nine points on 3-for-14 shooting. She missed all seven of her shots from behind the arc after coming in leading the country in treys made. The junior did not get on the board until she made three free throws with 2:06 gone in the third quarter. She would add two layups off of steals and one hoop off a rebound of her own miss.
"(Kovatch) does a really good job of trying to get the ball and they do run a lot of sets for her," Nurse said. "As a team we wanted to keep the ball out of her hands and try to force her to her weaknesses. We did a good job of that. She did get off some threes, but we had great team defensive against her."
Saint Francis finishes 24-10.
"We didn't play scared. We did the best we could," Haigh said. "They've beaten a lot of teams better than us by 50 and 60. I hope it doesn't reflect on our players. It can reflect more on a crazy coach trying something different."
The result as it's been for most, though, was the same.
QUINNIPIAC 86, MIAMI (FLORIDA) 72
Jen Fay had 19 points to lead six players in double figures as No. 9 Quinnipiac used a big fourth quarter to eliminate eighth-seeded Miami-Florida for the second consecutive season.
The Bobcats (28-5), who reached their first Sweet 16 a year ago thanks to their second-round win at Miami, will take on UConn Monday night. The teams have played once with the Huskies winning 117-20 on Dec. 27, 1998, during Quinnipiac's first season as a Division I program.
Paula Strautmane added 15 points for the Bobcats, who trailed 35-32 at halftime and 54-53 after three quarters.
A 3-point basket by Brittany Martin with 6:57 left started a decisive 15-1 run that gave Quinnipiac a 74-61 lead. The Bobcats, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion, led by double figures the rest of the way.
Erykah Davenport scored 21 points for Miami (21-11) out of the Atlantic Coast Conference.