For a long time the Huskies held Idaho to the fewest points ever scored by a team in an NCAA Division I women's game. Southern scored 27 points against Duke in 2006.

But the Vandals made four of their eight three-pointers in the final 3:38 to soften the blow.

Playing without freshman Breanna Stewart, sidelined as a precaution with a sore left calf, the Huskies turned the Vandals' NCAA appearance into something of a mixed memory.

The Vandals had just 14 field goals and shot 26.4 percent. They were outrebounded 45-23 and committed 21 turnovers.

The Huskies forced Idaho into 17 first-half turnovers and shot 23 of 41 from the field in the first 20 minutes, led by Mosqueda-Lewis (22 points, 9 of 11) and Hartley (13 points, 5 of 9).

Of note was the return of UConn's three-point attack. Shut out by Notre Dame for the first time since 2002's national championship, the Huskies made 6 of 12 in the first half, adding outside injury to Idaho's aches and pains.

Auriemma returned Caroline Doty to the starting lineup and gave eight on his nine remaining players substantial playing time. Only Heather Buck's appearance was delayed until 9:03 remained in the game when UConn led, 84-20.

Although Stewart's absence altered Auriemma's plans for his starting lineup, everything else about the day went according to the grand plan.

"One of the big things we wanted to improve was our guard play," Kelly Faris said. "Things needed to change. We had to stop relying on the coaches for every single thing."

And the play of Hartley, in the midst of an uneven junior season, was exemplary, as personified by the slick step-back jumper she used to light up the Vandals.

"After it happened, it was like, 'I don't think I've done that move since high school,'" Hartley said.