STORRS, Conn. (AP)Crystal Dangerfield scored 24 points, Megan Walker added 21 points and 11 rebounds and No. 4 UConn beat Cincinnati 80-50 to win its 129th straight American Athletic Conference game.
Olivia Nelson Ododa and Christyn Williams each chipped in with 12 points for the Huskies (19-1, 9-0 American), who led just 35-31 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.
Antoinette Miller had 19 points for the Bearcats (13-7, 4-3), who had won four of their last five games. IImar’I Thomas, the conference’s leading scorer, scored 12 points, almost nine below her season average.
The game was tied at 7-7 early, before UConn went on a 15-0 run and appeared to take control.
The Huskies led 26-9 after 10 minutes, but were outscored 22-9 by Cincinnati in the second.
Thomas’s first basket, a turn-around jumper, cut the UConn lead to 26-13 and the Bearcats kept chipping away. They pulled to within four points of the Huskies at halftime after a 3-pointer from Miller.
UConn outscored the Bearcats 19-9 in the third quarter and 26-10 in the fourth.
Walker, who went over the 1,000-point plateau in the game, was hit twice in the face and missed most of the third quarter with what appeared to be an eye injury. She came back into the game in the final quarter.
The Huskies have won each of their 111 regular-season AAC games since the formation of the conference in 2013 and each of the six conference tournaments.
Cincinnati has never beaten the Huskies, falling to 0-22 in the series, which dates back to the days when both teams were in the Big East.
UConn has now won 202 consecutive games against unranked teams, a streak that dates back to a loss at Gampel Pavilion on Feb. 18, 2012 to St. John’s
Cincinnati heads home to take on South Florida on Sunday.
UConn hosts a showdown with No. 3 Oregon on campus Monday night.