STORRS, Conn. - Idaho didn't score its first basket until 5 minutes, 19 seconds into the first half. And to think, that may have caused a sigh of relief for Vandals coach Jon Newlee.
But by then, Connecticut was up 15-3.
As mismatched as the NCAA women's first-round tournament game looked on paper, No. 16 Idaho pitted against No. 1 UConn, it lived up to its billing on the court.
The Huskies took a 58-17 lead into the half, went on an 18-0 run to start the final 20 minutes of play and easily rolled to 105-37 victory Saturday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion.
UConn will face No. 8 Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. Monday in the second round.
"I'll tell you what, you think about playing UConn, then seeing them up close and in person, we certainly got the full show," Newlee said.
The Vandals (17-16), playing in just their second NCAA tourney - and first since 1985 - struggled to get anything going. It was a new kind of opponent that was faster, stronger and ultimately better.
"Defensively, they were so long and quick getting after us," Newlee said. "It was something that we hadn't seen this year, without a doubt. We can't replicate that in practice, we can't replicate that in the Western Athletic Conference."
As big and daunting as the Huskies were, it also helped that pretty much everything they threw up went through the net. UConn (30-4), paced by Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis' 22 first-half points, had five other players reach double figures, and shot 60.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc.
"We knew going in, we would have a huge advantage at a lot of different positions," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "So we tried not to really focus on anything other than what we could do well today, what kind of tone we could set for ourselves."
Despite what the scoreboard said as UConn reached triple digits, the Vandals didn't back down. Stacey Barr connected on all four of her 3-pointers in the final four minutes, giving Idaho a better-looking final figure. Barr led the Vandals with 14 points, while Jessica Graham added eight and Alyssa Charlston chipped in six points and three blocked shots.
"Stacey (Barr) obviously put on her show out there, but we also have other kids who can," Newlee said. "I know what this level of basketball is all about, and I'm glad our players got a chance to taste that."
Idaho heads home with memories and an invaluable experience. The 68-point defeat isn't lost on the players.
"I think we've grown as a team, definitely from the start of the year," Barr said. "Playing No. 3 in the country really brings you back to earth about how good basketball is up here."
The Vandals graduate just three seniors and bring back their top two leading scorers in Barr and Charlston.
"You know it's been a great experience for us here," Newlee said. "This is just the first step for us in our program and where we want to be, and you know, UConn started somewhere, just like we are now."
Added Charlston: "We came out here and developed a new standard of basketball."