DALLAS -- The suspense ended quickly Sunday.
It took Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis just 3:28 to become the University of Connecticut women's basketball program's all-time leader in 3-point baskets with her first trey against SMU. The second-ranked Huskies' 13th consecutive win was all-but secured moments later.
UConn opened on a 24-2 run and never looked back as it blew out SMU 87-28 in American Athletic Conference action before 2,606 at Moody Coliseum.
"We're not that much better than they are," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We played pretty well after the first five minutes of the game and they didn't make a single outside shot. I think they banked one in early on and that was pretty much it.
"It's hard against us. It's hard to play against us if you're not making shots because we're not going to go five minutes without making a bunch of shots. It's fun watching us do some things but in the end I don't think that's the score you want to be playing at."
Breanna Stewart scored 16 of her 19 points in the first half for the Huskies (14-1 overall, 4-0 AAC), who also beat SMU by 51 on Dec. 27. Junior Moriah Jefferson (11 points, 10 assists) and freshman Gabby Williams (12 points, 16 rebounds) recorded their first career double-doubles.
Then there was Mosqueda-Lewis, who nailed her first 3-point try off a pass from Jefferson to become No. 1 on the Huskies' all-time list with 319 treys and pass two-time Naismith Award winner Diana Taurasi. The senior hit her only other attempt from behind the arc later in the first half.
"It felt good to have the title now and break the record. It's nice to have it over," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I haven't been worrying about it, everyone else has. I've just been playing."
The 28-point effort by SMU (4-11, 0-4) was a program low. The previous mark was 30 in a loss to Texas on Feb. 21, 1978. And for a long time it appeared UConn would set a record for fewest points allowed, which stands at 20. But the Mustangs hit five 3-pointers in a 3:32 span after being stuck in single figures until 7:41 remained.
"There are no mixed feelings," Stewart said. "We still want to come out and compete and be aggressive. Starting the second half, we didn't run in transition and we wanted to get better in our offense. We're not trying to embarrass teams or anything like that. We're still being aggressive and work on things we have to better at."
Stewart, who sat out the final 16:03, opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and finished 8-for-10 from the floor.
"That's the way Stewie is. She's the kind of kid that wants to get off to a great start," Auriemma said. "I don't particularly like the fact that threes are her way to get rolling. But a lot of times last year that kind of set the tone for her when all of a sudden she knocked down a couple of shots early and took off from there. Stewie is Stewie."
After Stewart's first hoop, Alicia Froling scored for SMU and Stephanie Collins missed a layup that would have given the Mustangs a lead. SMU went 8:07 without scoring and Stewart had seven points in a 21-0 that made it 24-2.
It was 47-9 at halftime and the Huskies scored the first 27 points of the second half as SMU went 0-for-16 from the floor and committed five turnovers in a 12:40 span.
Jefferson, who lives a 20-minute drive from Moody Coliseum in Glenn Heights, Texas, got her double-double in her 94th career game by making two free throws with 11:47 to go. Her 10 assists were two off her career best set against Temple last year.
"Stewie told me that I had eight assists so she was getting on me to make sure I got two more," Jefferson said. "I didn't know I had that many assists until I came out.
"Anytime I can play in front of my family and friends I always want to play well," she added. "I probably had 100 people here. There were kids from teams that I played on. I got all these text messages so I knew they were here."
Williams missed a double-double by one rebound against Tulsa last Wednesday but left no doubts Sunday.
"I was really focused on my rebounding," Williams said. "After the last game went I had nine rebounds I went home and thought about every rebound I could have had. I didn't want to have that thought after today."
Kia Nurse chipped in 11 points and four steals for UConn while Kiah Stokes did much of her damage in the second half and finished with seven points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots.
Morgan Bolton hit a trio of second-half 3-pointers to lead SMU with nine points. The Mustangs have lost eight in a row.
UConn will host Temple Wednesday (SNY, 7 p.m.) in its first game on-campus at Gampel Pavilion since Nov. 23.