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  • Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson, right, goes up for a basket as DePaul's Katherine Harry, left, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Dolson had 22 points in the first half. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Sunday, February 10, 2013 8:05 pm

Dolson leads No. 3 UConn women over DePaul 91-44

By PAT EATON-ROBBAssociated Press

The blizzard in Connecticut delayed DePaul's arrival at Gampel Pavilion, and the Blue Demons never seemed to warm up once they got inside.

DePaul made just 16 baskets, shot 26 percent from the floor and had just 17 second-half points in a 91-44 loss to No. 3 UConn on Sunday.

Weather-related travel delays kept DePaul in Chicago until Sunday morning, and the team didn't reach the arena until about 1 hour, 15 minutes before the 3:30 p.m. start.

"You just can't have excuses like that," DePaul coach Doug Bruno coach. "The game was played, the game was scheduled to be played. The only reason we wouldn't do everything in our power to get here is safety of our players."

Megan Rogowski led DePaul (17-7, 6-4) with 12 points.

Stefanie Dolson had 23 points for the Huskies (22-1, 9-1 Big East). She made six of eight shots went 10 for 11 from the foul line. Bria Hartley added 18 points and seven rebounds for UConn, which led by 25 at halftime.

The game drew 8,861 fans, despite 30 inches of snow that fell in the area Friday and Saturday.

"Well, they got to Connecticut at about 8," UConn coach Geno Auriemma kidded. "But my buddy's a bus driver and he didn't pick them up until 1."

It was the first on-court meeting between Auriemma and Bruno, his good friend, since they teamed to coach the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal last summer.

Brittany Hrynko, who had been averaging almost 20 points per game in Big East play, missed all 15 of her shots for DePaul. She finished with three points.

Katherine Harry, who came in averaging more than 11 rebounds and leads the Big East, did not have a single board.

"Rebounding is something that is in your head, your heart and your guts," Bruno said. "I think she should have come out of the game with more than zero."

The Huskies led the entire way and were ahead by 25 points at halftime.

Dolson scored seven of the Huskies' first nine points, including a 3-pointer that bounced high off the back iron and back through the rim. That was part of a 15-3 run starting the game.

Dolson played just six minutes in the second half and finished two points shy of her career high, set earlier this season against Syracuse. She also had six assists.

"I think I just look to read the defense. A lot of times if I am open I am going to shoot the ball, but if I'm not, then I'm going to willingly give my teammates a good pass," she said.

The Huskies didn't let up after the break. A baseline drive by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis gave them a 71-31 lead. UConn's leading scorer finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

The Blue Demons played their fifth straight game without leading scorer Anna Martin. The senior guard, averaging more than 16 points, injured her left knee on Jan. 19 against Providence. She is expected to return this season.

UConn has won 10 straight over DePaul since a 1993 loss.