The Huskies were able to take advantage of her absence, forcing Texas into 18 turnovers.
With the game tied at 32 late in the second quarter, the Huskies outscored the Longhorns 10-5 for the remainder of the half, converting three steals into fastbreak layups. There were 11 lead changes in the opening 20 minutes and the Huskies held a 42-37 advantage at the break.
Sonya Morris, who arrived at Texas as a graduate transfer from DePaul, led the Longhorns with 21 points.
UConn welcomed back Caroline Ducharme, who missed the opener with neck stiffness. The sophomore guard had two points in five minutes.
NOT SO FREE:
The teams had a rough night from the foul line, combining to go 19 for 38 (50%).
UConn retired former Huskies star Swin Cash's No. 32 before the game. Cash is the third player in school history to have that honor, joining Rebecca Lobo and Ray Allen. The honor is only given to basketball alums who have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Cash was enshrined in September.
Cash won two national championships at UConn in 2000 and 2002, before she was taken second in the WNBA draft.
Texas: Plays Marquette in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament on Saturday.
UConn: Hosts No. 10 N.C. State on Sunday.
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