The UConn women’s basketball team once again was not at full strength. Once again it did not matter.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had a game-high 24 points Saturday and the third-ranked Huskies scored 42 points in the paint in an 85-51 victory before 2,684 at the Al McGuire Center. UConn matched its season-high with 18 steals.
UConn All-American Bria Hartley played only five minutes – all in the first half – after re-injuring her left ankle. It is the same ailment that forced her to miss six weeks earlier this season, including the first two games of the regular season.
Freshman Breanna Stewart missed her first game with a sprained left ankle. She sustained the injury in practice Friday.
Stefanie Dolson added 20 points (9-of-11 FG) and five rebounds for the Huskies, who shot 56.4 percent from the field in the first half. Brianna Banks had 12 points, while Kelly Faris finished with 11 points, five rebounds, eight assists and five steals.
UConn (14-1, 2-1 Big East) scored the first 11 points of the game and was never tested. The Huskies led 54-19 at halftime.
Sarina Simmons had 19 points for Marquette (8-7, 0-2).
STAR OF THE GAME: Mosqueda-Lewis. She was 9-of-13 from the field (4-of-7 3-pointers) in scoring at least 20 points for the third time in the last eight games.
KEYS TO THE WIN: The Huskies scored the first 11 points of the game as part of a 23-5 run. … Marquette opened the game 1-of-8 shooting with 12 turnovers in the first 10:20. … UConn generated 14 steals in the first half and converted 16 turnovers by Marquette in 18 points.
WORTH NOTING: With 245 career steals, Faris is ranked 10th all-time in team history. … Mosqueda-Lewis is averaging 25.5 points in two career games against Marquette. … Freshman Morgan Tuck (seven points, a season-high nine rebounds, five assists, 23 minutes) returned after missing Wednesday’s game at Georgetown with a bone bruise in her right knee. … The Huskies have won all eight games in the series against Marquette.
NEXT: Tuesday vs. No. 15 Louisville at XL Center, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)