Junior All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis could have easily let the ball roll harmlessly out of bounds. UConn led Gannon by 46 points with 17:48 left in the second half.
That is not her style, though. Whether it’s an NCAA tournament game or an exhibition game against a Division II opponent, Mosqueda-Lewis plays without an off-switch. She dove over the tables courtside, crashed into a member of the media and then crashed onto the floor. Simply put, she was trying to make a play for the top-ranked Huskies.
Mosqueda-Lewis rose to her feet. A broken chair lay in her wake. The fearless play was part a performance that saw her generate 20 points and three rebounds in 22 minutes in a 101-35 victory before 7,021 at Gampel Pavilion.
UConn Class of 2016 target Kelly Jekot, a 6-foot guard from Enola, Pa., was among those in attendance. She is making an unofficial visit this weekend.
The notion that Mosqueda-Lewis, who has led the Huskies in scoring in each of the past two seasons, is solely a scorer has dissipated. She has evolved into a player fully capable of making plays both ends of the court.
Mosqueda-Lewis had 15 points (6-of-7 FG) and three rebounds in 14 minutes in the first half as the Huskies opened a 55-10 lead at halftime.
UConn will conclude the exhibition portion of its schedule Tuesday night against Division II Philadelphia at the XL Center (7). The Huskies will then begin their pursuit of an NCAA record ninth national championship Nov. 9 against Hartford at the XL Center (4 p.m.).
Breanna Stewart added a game-high 21 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals for UConn against Gannon, who has reached the Elite Eight twice in the last four seasons. Moriah Jefferson, who left the game with 5:17 left after rolling her right ankle, contributed 13 points (7-of-7 FT), three rebounds and game-highs of six assists and four steals.
Bria Hartley finished with 12 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Huskies. Morgan Tuck had 10 points, two rebounds and three assists.
Brianna Banks had six points, six rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes in her first game action since tearing the ACL in her right knee Feb. 2. She was cleared for full activity Wednesday.
Jen Papich led Gannon with 10 points.