HARTFORD, Conn. — Bria Harley scored 18 points and No. 2 Connecticut extended its NCAA-record home winning streak to 93 games with a 79-60 win over West Virginia on Wednesday night.
Five players scored in double figures for UConn (12-1, 2-0 Big East), which broke open a close game in the second half.
Kelly Faris had 14 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals. Tiffany Hayes had 13 points, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 12 and Caroline Doty chipped in 11.
Asya Bussie had 17 of her 19 points in the second half and Christal Caldwell added 17 points to lead West Virginia (10-4, 1-1), which has lost 24 straight games to Connecticut after winning the first contest between the two schools back in 1982.
It was the 44th consecutive Big East win for UConn and its 24th consecutive win in conference home openers.
UConn led just 34-27 at halftime, but opened the second half on a 9-1 run, holding the Mountaineers without a field goal for the first 6 1/2 minutes after intermission.
Hartley appeared to injure her left elbow when she crashed to the floor early in the second half, but returned 3 minutes later.
She hit a spinning shot in the lane as the shot clock was expiring to give the Huskies a 48-33 lead. A 3-pointer, followed by a steal and a layup with just under 7 minutes left stretched the lead to 62-45.
Connecticut center Stephanie Dolson was just 1 of 6 from the floor and Mosqueda-Lewis — a freshman — missed her first seven shots.
Connecticut pressed West Virginia early, opening a 12-3 lead while forcing 10 early turnovers.
But West Virginia also plays stingy defense, and fought back. The Mountaineers tied the game at 18 on a steal and layup by Jess Harlee.
UConn reeled off the next eight points, but the Mountaineers kept it close. A jumper from just inside 3-point range by West Virginia's Brooke Hampton beat the halftime buzzer to cut the lead to seven.
The Mountaineers held UConn to 37 percent shooting in the first half, but made just 2 of their 11 attempts from beyond the arc and had 18 of their 29 turnovers before halftime.
Connecticut came into the game with an average margin of victory this season of just over 39 points.
The Huskies also lead the nation in scoring defense, giving up just over 41 points a game, while West Virginia had yielded an average of just 45 points — good for third in the nation behind UConn and South Carolina.
The teams combined for 42 turnovers and 36 personal fouls.
The Huskies have won three straight since being beaten by top-ranked Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Dec. 18.
The Mountaineers had won three in a row, including an 84-36 rout of Elon in their last game on New Year's Eve.
Connecticut hit just four of its 20 3-point attempts, but held West Virginia to 3-of-19 shooting from behind the arc.
Doty, who hadn't turned the ball over since a Nov. 27 win over Dayton, had four of UConn's 13 turnovers.
Connecticut hasn't lost a home game since a 55-47 loss to Rutgers in the 2007 Big East tournament. The Huskies also have won 57 consecutive Big East regular-season games since losing to Rutgers in 2008. The Huskies are now 164-2 in their last 166 conference home games.
The Huskies face their toughest conference test on Saturday, traveling to No. 3 Notre Dame. It will be the first game between the two rivals since the Irish beat UConn in last year's Final Four.