Oakland's best moment came at the start of the second half when it scored the first five points. It was that kind of night for the Golden Grizzles.
"What did we get out of a game like this? A "W," Auriemma said. "When you schedule these games you can't account for the fact their best two players would be out."
The Huskies last played on Dec. 6 when they won a hard-fought game against Penn State. In the 12 days since, much about them had changed.
UConn played Wednesday without freshman forward Morgan Tuck and sophomore Kiah Stokes.
Tuck's right knee has a bone bruise and Stokes' right shin is sore, the result of a stress reaction. Both are day-to-day, although Stokes could be out longer.
As a result, UConn was, at least theoretically, shorthanded in the post behind Dolson and Stewart. Tuck and Stokes had been the Huskies' reinforcements and without them the look resembled last year's baseline model.
Oakland had only two field goals in the first half, shooting just 8 percent. They also had 13 turnovers, which led to 20 UConn points.
"I think our defense was even more impressive than our offense in the first half," UConn associate coach Chris Dailey said at halftime.
In fact, the Huskies outscored Oakland 48-0 in the post and off turnovers in the half.