AMHERST, Mass. (AP) _ All-America guard Nykesha Sales scored 16 points to lead Connecticut past Massachusetts 63-44 Thursday.
UConn forced 14 turnovers and stole the ball 12 times to hold UMass to 39 percent shooting in the second half.
UConn got off to a slow start, failing to score until 14:21 when guard Rita Williams hit a foul shot.
Meanwhile, UMass shot 50 percent in the first 20 minutes and went on an 8-0 run to build the lead to 17-8 with 7:46 remaining in the first period.
The Huskies answered with an 11-0 run to tie it at 18 with 3:07 left, but UMass, playing without its leading scorer, Kelly Van Huisen, who is out for the year with a knee injury, came back to tie it at 20 with 2:19 remaining.
Svetlana Abosimova then scored five points in the last 1:44 to give UConn a five-point halftime lead.
The Huskies went on a 14-0 run to start the second half, opening up a comfortable 54-33 lead with 9:13 remaining in the game.
Abrosimova had 12 points and five steals off the bench. Yolanda Rayside was the high scorer for UMass with 10 points.