Another Successful Debut

STORRS – If there is anything we have learned about coach Geno Auriemma and Connecticut women's basketball, it is that they put the "c-o-n" in consistency, especially in season openers.

After defeating the College of Charleston 103-39 Sunday, UConn is now 27-1 in home openers under Auriemma. The victory was UConn's 17th straight win to start a season and the Huskies haven't lost a home opener since 1990.

"Who the hell did we lose to in an opener?" said Auriemma, who could not recall the last time UConn has opened the season with a loss.

The last time the Huskies lost the first regular game of a season was 1995-96, an 83-81 setback against Louisiana Tech in overtime.

"Just goes to show you that I don't keep track of stuff like that," Auriemma said. "We've won home openers where I go home and I thought this is not going to be an easy team to coach. We've played great and I've thought this is going to be a lot of fun. This is going to be a good team to be around for the next couple months."

Under Auriemma, the last loss in a home opener was in 1990-91, a 17-point loss to Iowa. That same season, UConn advanced to its first Final Four. Interestingly enough, UConn also advanced to the Final Four in the 1995-96 season, the last time they lost a season opener.

"It's always important to get that kind of momentum going to come out and play as well as I think we did," center Stefanie Dolson said. Against Charleston, Dolson had a career-high eight assists and added 11 points and nine rebounds, just missing a triple-double against Charleston (1-1).

"I'm so happy games are starting," forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis said. "It feels like we've been practicing forever."

Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points against Charleston, hitting 5 of 10 shots from three-point range. Freshman Breanna Stewart made her regular season debut and led UConn with 21 points, five rebounds and four steals.

"Just waiting and looking forward to playing my first game here was something that I was itching to get at," Stewart said. "And now that it's finally here, I'm really satisfied with what happened."

UConn had six players in double figures and every member of the team scored. Alyssa Frye led Charleston with 14 points.

UConn won despite being without its top player. Junior guard Bria Hartley, who averaged 14 points a game for the Huskies last year, sprained her left ankle playing for USA Basketball in August. A recent MRI showed she also has a partial ligament tear, and could miss the Huskies' first four games.

UConn men's coach Kevin Ollie, back from his team's season-opening upset over No. 14 Michigan State in Germany on Friday, watched the first half of the game with his 11-year-old daughter, Cheyenne. publisher Ken Davis contributed to this story. Material from The Associated Press was included in this report.

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