UConn scores record 140 points in tourney win


What happens when you mix the overall No. 1 seed with a huge underdog who wants to play at the fastest pace it can? The previous mark of 121 was set by Alabama in a four-overtime victory against Duke in 1995.

Cierra Dillard scored a career-high 36 points and No. 11 seed Buffalo got its first women's NCAA Tournament victory as it defeated sixth-seeded South Florida 102-79 in a first-round Albany Regional game on Saturday.

Paula Strautmane added 15 points and Edel Thornton and Carly Fabbri each had 14 for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Quinnipiac (28-5), which extended its winning streak to 23 games, a new school record. Baylor beat Texas Southern by 89 in the 2017 tournament. By that point, the UConn starters were on the bench.

UConn also set an NCAA and tourney record for points in a quarter with its 55-point first, and its 94 points in the first period were the most in NCAA and tourney history for any half.

The Huskies also set a program record for most points in a game. The final tally of 140 fell short of Long Beach State's record of 149 for any game.

Most assists in an NCAA tournament game: 38 by UConn, topping 37 by Stanford against Arkansas in 1990. But on Saturday, in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Geno Auriemma's star-studded roster completely annihilated poor 16th-seeded St. Francis with a jaw-dropping performance.

It is the first time in an NCAA Tournament game that a Mid-American Conference team has gone over 100 points. But it allowed St. Francis to do what it does.

Six Huskies had scored in double figures in the first half alone.

Azura Stevens and Napheesa Collier led the Huskies with 26 and 25 points respectively.

UConn shot 65 percent from the floor and held St. Francis to four points in the fourth quarter. U.Conn.'s 88-point win is the second-largest in NCAA men's or women's tournament history, behind Baylor women's basketball's 89-point win against Texas Southern past year.