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(Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)

Coach Geno Auriemma didn't need a history lesson to make sure he didn't get too excited about his University of Connecticut women's basketball team's first win Monday.

"It's only one game so let's not get too far ahead of ourselves," Auriemma said. "There's a long way to go but we're off to a good start."

The top-ranked and defending national champion Huskies, with two first-team All-Americans back in their starting lineup, opened their season with a convincing win over a top 10 opponent.

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 (Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)
(Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Breanna Stewart admitted that she put herself in a potential difficult situation Monday by committing a pair of fouls she should not have.

But how the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's senior and the two-time national Player of the Year ended up on the bench midway through the third quarter of the top-ranked Huskies' 100-56 win over No. 7 Ohio State at Value City Arena left her and her coach a bit confused.

After a basket 3:09 into the second half by Ohio State's Shayla Cooper, Stewart and Buckeyes' redshirt freshman reserve Makayla Waterman hit the floor. Referee Tina Napier blew her whistle to stop play.

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Chris Carlin recaps a huge 100-56 win by the top-ranked UConn Huskies in their season opener at Ohio State.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Geno Auriemma said on his radio show last week that the first to 100 points would win the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's regular season opener against Ohio State.

The Hall of Fame coach, as usual, was right. But the triple-figure performance offensively took second fiddle to the Huskies' defensive effort.

Tags: Breanna Stewart, Geno Auriemma, Ohio State University, Carl Adamec
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The top-ranked Huskies begin their quest for an unprecedented fourth straight national championship on Monday when they open the regular season at No. 6 Ohio State. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)
The top-ranked Huskies begin their quest for an unprecedented fourth straight national championship on Monday when they open the regular season at No. 6 Ohio State. (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

STORRS, Conn. - Through its unparalleled run of success that's lasted for more than a quarter-century now, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team has stayed away from catchy cliches or slogans, instead letting its actions do the talking.

With an opportunity at a history-making season, the Huskies won't change and will go with what got them here.

"There's a lot of times you hear, 'Don't play to lose,' or 'Refuse to lose,' " UConn guard Kia Nurse said. "For us it's a matter of us continuing to take nothing for granted. Just because you put on this UConn jersey doesn't mean you're going to win the game. What's special, I think, is that every player understands that we have to go out there and perform at our best each and every day to make sure that we don't lose."

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(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

The University of Connecticut women's basketball program has been here before in the fall of 2004.

Six months earlier, Diana Taurasi kicked the ball high into the New Orleans Arena stands as the Huskies celebrated a third straight national championship. But when the 2004-05 campaign began, there was no Taurasi, no Maria Conlon and very little thought of making it four in a row.

"We weren't thinking that back then," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Back then it wasn't as pronounced as it is now. It's a different cast of characters. The lead actor in the play had moved off-Broadway. It's like watching The Producers without Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Even though we were trying to do the same thing in 2005 we are now, it's not the same feeling. If Diana could've stayed another year or was a year younger … But it was a different time."

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Kevin Ollie sent out a tweet on Tuesday that was meant to stop concerns he could be leaving for the NBA.

https://twitter.com/CoachKO_UConn/status/463748024947458048

Ollie will be in DC today for a leadership conference at the Pentagon where he and Geno Auriemma will be featured on a panel.

Tags: Geno Auriemma, Kevin Ollie, Men's Basketball, UCONN
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