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UConn gets a fast start, dumps first loss on Duke

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Duke went to Connecticut trying to make a statement, and instead ended up living a nightmare.

UConns Geno Auriemma, shown with UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell before their game on Jan. 17, completed a sweep of the Triangle ACC powers with Mondays win over Duke.
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  • UConn's Geno Auriemma, shown with UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell before their game on Jan. 17, completed a sweep of the Triangle ACC powers with Monday's win over Duke.
No. 2 UConn got out to a 21-point lead early in the first half and never lost control, blasting the previously unbeaten No. 3 Blue Devils 87-51 in the teams’ first meeting in Storrs.

There are no unbeaten teams left in women's Division I basketball.

The win marked the first home-court victory for anyone in the series, which Geno Auriemma’s Huskies lead 6-3.

Maya Moore had 29 points and Tiffany Hayes 20 for UConn (21-1), which has now won 73 straight home games.

Kelly Faris added 14 points and while Stefanie Dolson had 12 rebounds for the Huskies, who started with a 23-2 run and then led 41-15 at the break.

Jasmine Thomas had 13 points including four 3-pointers to lead the Blue Devils (20-1), who shot 28.4 percent to the Huskies’ 57.4.

Connecticut won the rebound battle 43-20.

The teams will play in Durham next season.

Duke returns to ACC play on Thursday night with a home game against No. 18 Miami, coached by Duke alumna Katie Meier.

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