Sugar Rodgers tied her career-high with 34 points and No. 15/16 Georgetown (11-2) ran its winning streak to 10 games with a 65-53 victory over Vermont on Thursday night.
The Hoyas led by seven at the half and by as many as 18 points midway through the second half before Vermont cut it to nine with just over two minutes remaining.
Rodgers, who was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Dec. 26, was the only Georgetown player to reach double figures, scoring her team's final eight points and 10 of the last 11. The Hoyas won the opening game of the 35th annual Blue Sky Classic, the longest consecutive running women's college basketball tournament in the nation.
The Hoyas will take on host Dartmouth in the title game at 7 p.m. on Friday.
At Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., No. 2/2 UConn beat instate foe Fairfield 93-40. Tiffany Hayes scored a game-high 23 points, while Stefanie Dolson added 22. The duo combined to shoot 19-of-24 from the field (.792).
Dolson had scored just 24 points total in her previous four games.
"She's been struggling a little bit," Auriemma said. "She's a pretty prideful kid and she wants to be really good. And I think she sees it as `Well, I did this last year so this year I'm supposed to do this.' And when it wasn't happening for her I think she got a little frustrated."
Elsewhere around the league, Villanova (10-2) handed St. Bonaventure (11-2) its second loss of the year with a 55-44 victory in the first round of the Monmouth Hawk Holiday Classic. The teams were tied at the half 22-22, but Villanova held the Bonnies to just 26-percent shooting in the second half and canned five 3-pointers.
Laura Sweeney led the Villanova offense with 16 points, scoring 13 in the second half, while Megan Pearson added a season-high 14 off the bench. Villanova has won seven in a row and advanced to Friday's championship game against host Monmouth at 4 p.m.
Cincinnati (9-5) beat High Point 62-40 in the title game of the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Classic in Blacksburg, Va. After combining for just one point in the first half, Dayeesha Hollins and Bjonee Reaves led Cincinnati with 14 points each.
The Panthers' 40 points were the second lowest points the Bearcats have allowed this season. They allowed 22 points against South Dakota State on Nov. 24. High Point shot just 25 percent (14-of-55), while Cincinnati shot 44 percent (24-of-54) from the field.
Behind a 53 point first half, its highest in any half this season, Syracuse (10-4) coasted to an 81-30 win against Niagara at the Carrier Dome. SU had nine players in the scoring column (three in double-figures), led by Kayla Alexander's 20 points. She also posted 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.
The Orange shot 25-of-58 from the floor for the game in its 47th consecutive nonconference home victory, dating back to the 2006-07 season. SU was also 28-of-36 from the free throw line, while Niagara was 2-of-2.
USF (7-6) cut a 14-point second half deficit to three with 3:27 left, but it failed to catch up in a 73-63 loss to Dayton at the Saint Peter's Holiday Classic in Jersey City, N.J. Jasmine Wynne scored a season-high 26 points and Tiffany Conner was in double figures with 12, despite the Bulls shooting 33-percent from the field.
USF concludes its time at the Holiday Classic at 5 p.m. on Friday when it faces Saint Peter's.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.