NEW YORK -- Breanna Stewart made her first appearance at Madison Square Garden Sunday.
It won't be the last for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's sophomore forward. It's just a question whether it's with the Huskies or in the WNBA.
Stewart recorded her third consecutive double-double, matching her career high of 29 points to go with 10 rebounds, as top-ranked UConn routed No. 21 California 80-47 in the second game of the Maggie Dixon Classic.
The Huskies (12-0) are 5-0 all-time at MSG and 3-0 in the Maggie Dixon Classic, having previously beaten Penn State (2008) and Ohio State (2010).
Stewart was 12-for-18 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the foul line. Her failure to complete a three-point play at the line cost her a 30-point game. She came out of the game for the first and only time with 12:49 left. At that points, Cal had a total of 30 points and trailed by 31.
Sunday's game was the first meeting between the Huskies and Golden Bears since the 2009 NCAA tournament Trenton (N.J.) Regional semifinals.
Stewart had six points and Moriah Jefferson five in a 15-3 run that gave the Huskies a 23-9 lead. UConn's biggest lead of the period was 22 on a Stewart jump hook. The sophomore forward's layup with three seconds left accounted for a 40-20 halftime score.
The Bears (7-3) got no closer as four players scored for UConn in a 12-2 run to open the period. Walk-on Tierney Lawlor brought the house down with a 3-pointer in the final minute.
Morgan Tuck and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 12 and 10 points off the bench respectively for UConn. Stefanie Dolson had 10 rebounds and Jefferson seven assists.
Brittany Boyd had nine points for Cal but shot 3-for-23 from the floor.
The Huskies begin American Athletic Conference play next Sunday when they host Cincinnati at Gampel Pavilion. UConn's 2003 and 2004 national championship teams will be inducted into the Huskies of Honor prior to the start.
In the first game Sunday, Aliyyah Handford had 27 points and hit a layup with 2.0 seconds left to lift St. John's to a 72-70 win over Texas A&M.