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February 24, 2019
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Megan Walker scored 21 points and No. 3 UConn, playing without Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma, rolled to a 68-49 victory over Tulsa on Sunday.

Auriemma missed the game with an illness. He did not travel with the Huskies for the opener of a two-game trip, but hopes to return for Tuesday’s game at Wichita State.

With associate head coach Chris Dailey filling in for Auriemma, UConn remained undefeated in six seasons in the American Athletic Conference.

It was the first time that Auriemma, in his 34th season as the Huskies coach, had missed a game since the 1997 Big East Tournament.

Auriemma is a 2006 inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a nine-time Coach of the Year and has led UConn to 11 national titles.

Dailey, a Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member who has been on the UConn staff since Auriemma became head coach in 1985, is 8-0 when filling in for Auriemma.

UConn is 99-0 in American Athletic Conference regular-season games and 114-0 overall since joining before the 2013-14 season.

Morgan Brady paced Tulsa (11-15, 5-8) with 17 points and was 5 of 8 on 3s. Crystal Polk added 14 points for the Golden Hurricane.

UConn outshot Tulsa from the field 41 to 33 percent.

Napheesa Collier had a game-high 15 rebounds for the Huskies but for the first time in seven games this month, UConn was outrebounded as Tulsa had a 41-39 advantage.

The Huskies were ahead 29-25 midway through the second quarter before ending the first half on a 12-2 run for a 41-27 lead and the Hurricane never got any closer during the rest of the game.

BIG PICTURE

UConn: The Huskies clinched at least a share of a sixth consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season title.

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane have lost three in a row and are 2-8 in their past 10 conference games.

UP NEXT

UConn: After the Huskies visit Wichita State on Tuesday, they host Houston on Saturday and end the regular season on March 4 at South Florida.

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane will finish the regular season with three games in five days, starting Wednesday at Temple.

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