HARTFORD, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut women's basketball team's regular season series with Duke came to an end Monday night.
For the Blue Devils, it didn't come soon enough.
Moriah Jefferson had 18 points and the second-ranked Huskies' five starters hit double figures in an 83-52 rout of No. 10 Duke before a crowd of 13,514 at the XL Center.
"It's been great while I've been here," UConn All-American Breanna Stewart said. "They're obviously a competitive, tough team. It's too bad that it's coming to an end, but hopefully we will play another tough team."
UConn (10-1) has won eight straight against Duke by an average margin of 28.6 points. It was the Huskies' fifth win by at least 30 and none of the games were closer than 16.
Even when UConn's lead was in the high teens Monday night, it seemed much more.
"It was a disappointing game. It was a great game by Connecticut," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "It was a pathetic display by us, especially in terms of hustle and intangibles. It's not always about shot making. Although I would have liked to have made more shots, it's about how you represent and how you hustle as a team. We did not do that, especially in the second half.
"Connecticut has been the better team every time and they've played like the better team every time. They've had better leadership. It's not rocket science."
Joining Jefferson in double figures were Stewart (14), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (14), Morgan Tuck (13), and Kia Nurse (11).
On the defensive end, UConn held Duke (8-4) to 31.5 percent shooting from the floor and forced 22 turnovers. Most important, the Huskies won the battle of the boards 38-32 against a team that came in leading the country in rebound margin.
"We've been focusing a lot on defense and we knew we had to play good defense and rebound," Tuck said. "We did that pretty well. We boxed out and were more physical. That's something our coaches really harped on was making sure we rebounded and we stuck to the game plan."
Rebounding is effort, and UConn won that matchup by a country mile.
"Working harder than teams, you can tell when they've given up," Stewart said. "Whether it's five minutes into the game, second half, you can tell when they've given up. The coaches have instilled in us that we want to be the hardest working people on the court."
UConn used a 17-2 run, capped by five points from Tuck, to lead 19-8. The Blue Devils responded with a 16-3 run of their own to go in front 24-22 on an Elizabeth Williams hoop. UConn answered with an 11-2 spurt to take a 33-26 advantage to the locker room.
Jefferson hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the second half and the Huskies were on their way to a ninth consecutive victory since their loss to Stanford.
"We started hitting shots, just some of the shots that didn't go in the first half," Jefferson said. "Our press was working well. We had guys step up play after play after play and kept it going."
UConn scored 50 second-half points. Top-ranked South Carolina scored 51 in 40 minutes of its one-point win over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 7.
The Huskies don't play another ranked team until the Gamecocks visit Gampel Pavilion on Feb. 9.
"They're both great teams," McCallie said. "But there's no question they (Connecticut) are the top team in the country."
Freshman Azura Stevens led the Blue Devils with 16 points while Elizabeth Williams added 15. Duke's three starting guards -- Rebecca Greenwell, Ka'lia Johnson, and Sierra Calhoun (the younger sister of UConn men's player Omar Calhoun) -- combined to shoot 1-for-14 from the floor and had 12 turnovers. Jefferson and Nurse had five steals apiece Monday night.
"I was really happy with the effort tonight," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "It was pretty taxing on our guys. I don't think the effort was ever less than what I wanted it to be. You open yourself up to free throws, and everything else that goes with it, but I think in the end it was worth it."
UConn goes on the road to play its third game in five days Wednesday when it makes its first trip to Greenville, North Carolina, for an American Athletic Conference matchup with East Carolina (2:30 p.m., SNY).