HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Moriah Jefferson scored a career-high 17 points and top-ranked Connecticut began the defense of its eighth national title with an 89-34 rout of in-state rival Hartford on Saturday.
The sophomore guard, who also had five assists, led a balanced offensive that saw four players reach double figures.
Center Stefanie Dolson had 16 points and six rebounds. Breanna Stewart added 14 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis chipped in 12 for the Huskies.
Freshman Deanna Mayza led Hartford with eight points.
The competition gets much stiffer very quickly for UConn, which hosts No. 3 Stanford on Monday and has road games against No. 8 Maryland and No. 13 Penn State in the next eight days.
No. 3 STANFORD 83, BOSTON COLLEGE 71
BOSTON (AP) — Amber Orrange had 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, just missing a triple-double for Stanford in a season-opening win against Boston College.
Chiney Ogwumike led with 30 points and 14 rebounds and Bonnie Samuelson scored 15 for the Cardinal, who gave coach Tara VanDerveer her 895th career victory.
Kristen Doherty had 16 points and Shayra Brown scored 10 for the Eagles.
Stanford had a 28-0 run late in the first half and led 44-24 at the break. Boston College shot 52 percent in the second half, but could not recover from the deficit.
Mikaela Ruef pulled down 10 rebounds as Stanford dominated inside and finished with 44 rebounds while holding Boston College to 26.
No. 5 LOUISVILLE 101, LOYOLA CHICAGO 54
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bria Smith scored 16 points and Louisville routed Loyola Chicago in the first round of the Preseason WNIT, spoiling the debut of Ramblers coach Sheryl Swoopes.
Sara Hammond, one of six Louisville players to score in double figures, had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the season opener for both teams. Tia Gibbs, who missed last season with a hip injury, added 13 points.
Taylor Johnson scored 18 points for the Ramblers (0-1), who were playing their first game under the three-time WNBA MVP, who took over the program last Spring.
Louisville (1-0) led 15-9 before scoring 14 of the next 17 points — including consecutive 3-pointers from Jude Schimmel. The Ramblers couldn't get back in the game.
Shoni Schimmel, who scored 11 points, became the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 272.
No. 6 NOTRE DAME 99, UNC WILMINGTON 50
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jewell Loyd and Michaela Mabrey scored 19 points each Saturday to lead Notre Dame to a victory over UNC Wilmington.
Despite playing without injured senior forward Natalie Achonwa, Notre Dame dominated the boards, outrebounding UNCW 52-24. Freshman forward Taya Reimer led with 12 rebounds, followed by Loyd with 11.
Notre Dame senior guard Kayla McBride scored 17 points.
Junior guard Kelva Atkins, the Seahawks' lone returning starter from last season, scored 16 points.
No. 10 BAYLOR 110, GRAMBLING STATE 55
WACO, Texas (AP) — Odyssey Sims had 28 points to lead five Baylor players in double-figure scoring and the 10th-ranked Lady Bears cruised to a season-opening victory over Grambling State in their first game without Brittney Griner.
Mariah Chandler added 14 points while freshman Nina Davis and Kristina Higgins both had 11 for Baylor, which had the game's first 16 points before Grambling (0-1) finally scored nearly 5 minutes into the game.
The Lady Bears extended their nation's-best home winning streak to 58 in a row. They haven't lost in the Ferrell Center since March 2010 to Texas, the final home game of Griner's freshman season.
Baylor has won all 14 of its home openers for coach Kim Mulkey.
Victoya Ricks had 14 points to lead four players in double figures for Grambling.
No. 14 DAYTON 89, RIVERSIDE 54
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Amber Deane scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double that helped Dayton easily handle Riverside.
The Flyers took an early lead in their season opener and never looked back, out-shooting the Highlanders (0-2) from the field 51.5 percent to 34.4 percent, out-rebounding them 43 to 35 and hitting 18 free throws to their nine.
Ally Mallot came off the bench to sink 20 points and three assists for the Flyers, Kelly Austria had 14 points and five rebounds, and Andrea Hoover added 11 points and five assists.
The Highlanders often missed defensive assignments and turned the ball over 20 times. Natasha Hadley had 13 points, Kiara Harewood had 12 and nine rebounds, and Brittany Cain added 10 points and three assists.