The UConn women’s basketball team was forced to play another game Saturday without the use of a key player. Again, the third-ranked Huskies showed that they have plenty of resiliency.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead UConn to a 71-65 victory before 2,158 at Carnesecca Arena. The Huskies were 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final 40.8 seconds.
UConn junior Stefanie Dolson missed the first game of her career due to illness. She became the sixth player to miss at least one game this season for the Huskies (20-1, 7-1 Big East).
Sophomore Brianna Banks left the game with 10:02 left in the first half with a right knee sprain. She was injured during a collision on an offensive foul in the lane.
The Huskies have won 38 of the last 40 games against St. John’s (10-10, 4-4).
Kelly Faris added 17 points, five rebounds and three assists for UConn. Bria Hartley had 10 points.
The Huskies twice trailed by as many as five in the first half. They led by as many as eight before St. John’s closed with an 11-3 run to forge a 35-35 tie at halftime.
The Red Storm led 51-46 with 11:33 left in the game. But UConn answered with an 11-2 run to take the lead.
Faris made her 100th career 3-pointer with 6:03 left to give the Huskies a 55-53 lead. With the game tied at 57, Mosqueda-Lewis had a three-point play and followed with two free throws in a span of 44 seconds.
Senior Shenneika Smith, who did not play Wednesday at Providence due to a violation of team rules, led St. John’s with 21 points. Aliyyah Handford had 17, while Norwalk resident Briana Brown contributed 16.