From there on it was 10 minutes of terror for them, suddenly consumed by wave after wave of pressure. They simply could not contain or abate what came after them. After it didn't relent until UConn was ready to stop it.
The Huskies scored the next 17 points over 6:42 to springboard to New Orleans. By the time Jelleah Sidney ended the drought with her three-pointer with 2:25 to play, the thoroughbred, as they say in Lexington, was out of the barn.
"We tried to stay positive," Kentucky's DeNesha Stallworth said. "We just couldn't get enough stops."
Stewart continued her remarkable renaissance dating to the start of the Big East tournament nearly a month ago. Not only did she score 13 points in the first half, but she was a presence on defense, her long arms and NBA reach producing two emphatic blocked shots.
Stewart's effort was needed because it was clear that Stefanie Dolson was having trouble moving because of her stress fracture and plantar fasciitis.
But Dolson pushed through, playing a team-high 17 minutes in the first half, when she grabbed seven rebounds.
What she couldn't do was compensated for by Mosqueda-Lewis, who scored eight of UConn's first 14 points.
Faris added eight more and freshman Moriah Jefferson, her confidence soaring by the possession, brought her dimension of warp speed to UConn's transition game, even after taking a nasty spill into the Kentucky band late in the second half.
And UConn's pressure persisted into the second half, almost as if to prove a point to whomever may be waiting for them in New Orleans.
With 11:15 to play, the lead was 61-35, meaning the Huskies' run had swelled to 39-12 from the time they last trailed.