Not every win this season is going to be picturesque for the UConn women’s basketball team. There are going to be games where the second-ranked Huskies are going to have to overcome a series of shortcomings to prevail.
UConn did just that Thursday against No. 10 Penn State. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had a season-high 25 points, five rebounds and four steals to lead the Huskies to a 67-52 victory before 8,072 at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies shot 41.1 percent from the field and committed a season-high 20 turnovers.
Mosqueda-Lewis, who did not play over the final 22:45 against No. 9 Maryland Monday due to a left quadriceps contusion, was cleared to play following shootaround Thursday.
There were a combined 38 fouls called in a game that lacked flow for long stretches. UConn coach Geno Auriemma was hit with a technical foul with 19:27 left in the game.
Defensively, UConn (8-0) held Penn State (6-2) to 33.9 percent shooting and forced 26 turnovers. The Lady Lions committed five straight turnovers during a game-breaking 9-0 run by the Huskies in the second half.
Brianna Banks added 10 points for the Huskies. Bria Hartley had eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Breanna Stewart had seven points and seven rebounds.
The Huskies have defeated four ranked teams by an average of 24.0 points this season.
Maggie Lucas led Penn State with 15 points (5-of-12 FG).
STAR OF THE GAME: Mosqueda-Lewis. She scored 17 points in the second half to help the Huskies secure the win. She was 8-of-13 from the field (4-of-7 3-pointers) in a season-high 35 minutes. She fouled out with 56.2 seconds left.
KEYS TO THE WIN: Leading 42-36 with just under 11 minutes remaining in the game, the Huskies forced five straight turnovers and scored nine straight points. Moriah Jefferson had four points and two steals in this stretch. Mosqueda-Lewis accounted for the other five points. It was ultimately a 20-5 run for UConn. … Banks continues to shine for the Huskies off the bench, seeing 18 minutes of action. … The Huskies trailed for only the second time this season in the first half. The final time was 18-16 with 9:22 left in the half. UConn then finished the half with a 12-4 run.
UP NEXT: Dec. 19 vs. Oakland at XL Center, 7 p.m. (SNY)