COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Given the option, Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma would prefer to have a full complement of players on the road against the No. 8 team in the country.
As it turned out, seven healthy and very talented athletes were plenty good enough for the defending national champions.
Breanna Stewart scored 26 points, and top-ranked Connecticut showed its depth and quickness in a 72-55 victory over Maryland on Friday night.
We played through a lot of stuff, Auriemma said. If I had my druthers, I’d rather have 10 healthy players than seven, but tonight, the seven that we had for the most part played great.
No. 3 STANFORD 86, CAL POLY 51: In Stanford, Calif., Chiney Ogwumike scored a career-high 36 points and the Cardinal (2-1) pulled Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer closer to the 900-win club.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 75, No. 10 CALIFORNIA 72: In Washington, Megan Nipe scored a career-high 31 points and Danni Jackson made a 3-pointer with 3:11 left to put the Colonials (2-0) ahead to stay.
Reshanda Gray scored a career-high 24 points for the Golden Bears (1-2).
No. 15 NEBRASKA 75, UTAH 69: In Salt Lake City, Rachel Theriot scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Cornhuskers (2-0).
No. 23 DAYTON 94, AKRON 80: In Dayton, Cassie Sant scored a career-high 24 points and the Flyers (2-1) won their 14th straight at home.
No. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 62, COLUMBIA 53: In East Lansing, Mich., Adreian Payne scored 26 points and the Spartans (3-0) avoided a stunning upset by holding off the poised, patient Lions (1-2).
No. 3 LOUISVILLE 99, CORNELL 54: In Louisville, Ky., Wayne Blackshear scored 20 points as the defending NCAA champion Cardinals (3-0) posted their school-record 19th straight win.
No. 4 DUKE 97, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 64: In Durham, N.C., Rodney Hood scored a career-high 28 points and Jabari Parker added 21 for the Blue Devils (2-1).
No. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE 97, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 63: In Stillwater, Okla., Phil Forte and Markel Brown each scored 22 points to lead the Cowboys (3-0).
No. 12 NORTH CAROLINA 62, HOLY CROSS 54: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Marcus Paige scored a career-high 23 points to lift the Tar Heels (2-0) in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.