#UK Stewart paces No. 1 Connecticut to win over No. 23 DePaul

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Connecticut's Breanna Stewart (30), shoots against DePaul's Chanise Jenkins (13), and Megan Podkowa (30), during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Morgan Tuck added 16 points as No. 1 Connecticut won its 42nd straight game, 86-70 over No. 23 DePaul on Wednesday night.

The three-time defending national champion Huskies (5-0) have not lost since Nov. 17, 2014, an 88-86 loss to Stanford.

Stewart was dominant with her double-double, but had plenty of help. Katie Lou Samuelson and Kia Nurse each scored 10 points for the Huskies.

DePaul (5-2) was led by Jessica January, who scored 18 points. Brooke Schulte scored 12 and Chanise Jenkins finished with 10.

DePaul, which hit a season-high 13 3-pointers, got as close as 65-60 with under eight minutes to play on Brandi Harvey-Carr’s putback basket. But Connecticut responded with six straight points to extend the Huskies lead back to double digits.

The Huskies began the second half on a 12-2 run to build a 13-point lead. Stewart, the nation’s top player, capped the run with a three-point play that gave Connecticut its biggest lead of the night.

Stewart finished off another three-point play later in the third quarter to extend the Huskies lead back to nine after DePaul had closed to within six.

Connecticut led 44-41 at halftime behind Stewart, who had 16 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting.

DePaul, which suffered its only other loss to No. 5 Baylor, remained close with 3-point shooting. The Blue Demons were 9 of 17 from beyond the arc during the first two quarters, led by January, who hit three of her five first-half 3-point attempts.

TIP-INS

Connecticut: improved to 13-1 all-time against DePaul.The Huskies -point win marked the first time this season they have beaten an opponent by less than 40 points.

DePaul: The 13 3-pointers were the most the Blue Demons have hit in a game this season after connecting on 11 on Nov. 19 in an 84-69 win over Indiana.

UP NEXT

Connecticut: Hosts No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday.

DePaul: Hosts Illinois State on Saturday.

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