BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut women's basketball team made itself at home at Webster Bank Arena Saturday.
A sellout crowd of 9,274 -- matching the attendance record for the building -- added to the Huskies' comfort level.
Bria Hartley paced four players in double figures with 19 points as the top-ranked Huskies walloped Temple 80-36 in American Athletic Conference action.
It was the first regular season game for the Huskies (17-0 overall, 5-0 AAC) outside of Storrs and Hartford in program history. UConn has compiled a 9-1 record here in NCAA tournament play.
Moriah Jefferson added 13 points, six assists, and four steals for the Huskies. Breanna Stewart had 12 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis 11. The only starter not in double figures -- Stefanie Dolson -- had eight points, five assists and matched her career high with seven blocked shots. Kiah Stokes had a career high 18 rebounds to go along with three blocks off the bench.
Erica Covile paced the Owls, who shot 21.3 percent from the floor, with 13 points. Temple also had 27 turnovers as UConn made 21 steals.
"Once it snowballed, it rolled," Temple coach Tonya Cardoza said.
Temple, picked to finish ninth in the AAC in the preseason coaches poll, took a 6-5 lead -- the 13th time in 17 games that UConn has trailed -- and was within 13-12 after a Feyonda Fitzgerald 3-point basket.
But UConn went on a 15-4 run to open up some space. Mosqueda-Lewis got it started with a basket and Hartley hit two free throws. After a hoop by Temple's Shi-Heria Shipp, Mosqueda-Lewis hit a trey followed by consecutive hoops by Breanna Stewart. Shipp buried two free throws but baskets by Stewart and Jefferson made it 28-16. UConn closed the half with seven unanswered points to account for the 39-22 halftime margin.
The Owls (8-7, 2-3) got no closer as UConn started the second half with an 11-2 run.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma is 41-0 against teams that have one of his former assistants or former players on their staff. Temple has both in Cardoza and two-time national champion Willnett Crockett (2002-06).
The Huskies will fly to Waco, Texas, Saturday night and take on No. 7 Baylor at the Ferrell Center Monday at 7 p.m. It will be UConn's final non-league game of the regular season.