PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The University of Connecticut women's basketball team left a terrific final impression at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
All-American Bria Hartley had a career-high 30 points as the top-ranked Huskies rolled past No. 23 Rutgers 94-64 before a crowd of 6,480 in American Athletic Conference action here Sunday.
It's the final game as league opponents at the RAC for UConn and Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are headed to the Big Ten in 2014-15.
The Huskies are 22-6 at the RAC overall -- 11-4 against Rutgers, 10-1 in the Big East tournament (they did beat the Scarlet Knights in the 1998 final), and 1-1 in the NCAA tournament.
Breanna Stewart added 23 points, nine rebounds, and four blocked shots for UConn. Stefanie Dolson had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds along with four assists. Moriah Jefferson contributed 13 points and eight assists. Hartley also had five assists.
Jefferson has not committed a turnover in her last 84 minutes on the floor, since 4:51 remained in the Jan. 11 game against Temple.
The win also lifted the Huskies (19-0 overall, 6-0 AAC) into a tie for the league lead with Louisville, which won at SMU Sunday.
UConn led wire to wire for the first time since the Dec. 29 game against Cincinnati as it scored the first six points. A Stewart basket made it 16-6 with 3:56 gone and the Huskies led by double figures the rest of the way. Another Stewart hoop gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the first half at 41-20. Rutgers (13-4, 4-2) scored the last five points of the period to account for the 43-29 halftime score.
Syessence Davis hit the first basket of the second half for Rutgers but UConn responded with a 14-5 run to put it away. Hartley, Stewart, Dolson, and Jefferson scored the Huskies' first 69 points until Saniya Chong converted a rebound basket with 10:17 left.
Tyler Scaife, the preseason AAC Freshman of the Year, had 22 points for Rutgers.
The Huskies will try to wrap up their 21st straight 20-win season on Wednesday when they take on Memphis at the XL Center in Hartford (7 p.m., SNY).