No. 2 Connecticut women pull away from Penn State
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis didn't know until the shoot-around Thursday that she would be able to play on her injured left leg. She ended up scoring...
STORRS, Conn. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis didn't know until the shoot-around Thursday that she would be able to play on her injured left leg.
She ended up scoring a season-high 25 points as No. 2 Connecticut pulled away in the second half to beat No. 10 Penn State 67-52.
"I was happy that I was able to come out and perform and help my team out," she said. "I spent the last two days in the training room, and that paid off."
Brianna Banks added 10 points for the Huskies (8-0), who won their fourth game this season against a ranked opponent and their second this week against a top-10 team. UConn beat No. 9 Maryland 63-48 Monday.
Maggie Lucas scored 15 points and Ariel Edwards added 10 for Penn State (6-2), which trailed by just six points at halftime and by three early in the second half.
"We were right there," Lucas said. "But we take no moral victory out of this. We just want to get better."
Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma picked up his first technical foul of the season 33 seconds into the second half after Stefanie Dolson was hit with a touch foul while trapping on defense. The teams combined for 38 fouls.
"I didn't think the referees called the game like there were two top-10 teams playing on the floor," Penn State coach Coquese Washington said. "I think that's unfortunate. I don't think the fans and anybody watching on TV got to see the kind of basketball that both teams are capable of playing."
Other Top 5 women
At No. 4 Duke 85, Georgia Tech 52
Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds as Duke routed Georgia Tech in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Chelsea Gray scored eight of her 13 points during a game-breaking stretch and Haley Peters added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (7-0, 1-0).
They never trailed and claimed their 35th straight victory over the Yellow Jackets (3-5, 0-1), shooting 46.7 percent, locking down on Tyaunna Marshall's teammates and forcing 22 turnovers. Marshall scored 23 points.
Top 10 men
At No. 4 Syracuse 84,
Long Beach State 53
C.J. Fair had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, Michael Carter-Williams added 15 points and 10 assists, and Syracuse romped over Long Beach State.
Syracuse (7-0) upped its home winning streak to 27 games, tops in the nation, and has won 49 consecutive regular-season nonconference games. Long Beach State (3-5) had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Dan Jennings had a career-high 20 points for the 49ers.
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