STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- UConn coach Geno Auriemma is excited to have a team so talented that Maya Moore isn't even a starter.
The two-time national high school player of the year had 21 points and 10 rebounds in her college debut Sunday, leading No. 2 Connecticut to a 98-35 rout over Stony Brook in the Huskies' season opener.Auriemma said he believes no other team in the nation has a reserve with her talent."When you look back at all those times when we've had a freshman that had to start ... that usually meant we were a year or two away from winning," Auriemma said. "So now, I don't think we're a year or two away from winning, I think we can win the whole thing right now."Mel Thomas also scored 21, including five 3-pointers for the Huskies, who have won their last 199 home games against unranked teams.Tina Charles added 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting for Connecticut.Dana Ferraro had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Seawolves (1-1).The Huskies opened with a 26-2 run in the first 13 minutes and also had a 17-0 in the half. Charles and Thomas each hit four of their first five shots.The Seawolves had no answer for the 6-foot-4 Charles, who scored almost at will underneath. Thomas hit her first three shots from behind the arc and finished 5-for-10 from 3-point range.Moore entered 3 1/2 minutes into the game, registering a quick layup and blocked shot. She was 8-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-4 from behind the arc."I just really pride myself on making sure I come out with a lot of energy and excitement, intensity," she said. "That makes the game fun and worthwhile to play."Moore brought the crowd alive in the second half with a no-look touch pass to Thomas on a fastbreak that put the Huskies up 67-16. Thomas returned the favor on the next break to make it 69-16."I think we all play on the same pace," Moore said. "I know if I'm running somebody's going to be running next to me."UConn led 50-14 at the half. The Huskies held Stony Brook to 35 percent shooting, and had 30 assists in the game.Stony Brook coach Michele Cherry said her team won't even look at the game tapes."There is nothing that we could possibly take away from this," she said.Auriemma said his team's job was to play the game a certain way, and not worry about the opposition."We're going to come out and play against the game, that's what we've always said," Auriemma said. "Today, 30 assists on 41 baskets, I don't care who you are playing, that is pretty good."Charde Houston, who has been suffering from flulike symptoms, was in street clothes on the bench. Brittany Hunter started in her spot and had six points.The Huskies haven't lost an opener since 1995. They are 19-4 in season openers under Auriemma.