At the half: UConn 28, Penn State 22

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — The second-ranked University of Connecticut women’s basketball team found itself in an unfamiliar spot midway through the first half against No. 10 Penn State at Gampel Pavilion Thursday night.

The Huskies trailed.

But UConn closed the period with a 12-4 run to take a 28-22 lead over the Lady Lions at halftime.

UConn led by seven early but a 13-4 run put Penn State in front. When Maggie Lucas scored on a breakaway with 10:45 left in the half, it marked the first time the Huskies have trailed since giving up the season’s first basket against College of Charleston on Nov. 11.

Down 18-16, UConn regained the lead on consecutive baskets by Brianna Banks, Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson. Kelly Faris’ free throw accounted for the halftime margin.

Nineteen fouls — 11 on Penn State — have been called by officials Bryan Enterline, Jesse Dickerson, and Barbara Jo Smith.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis leads UConn with eight points but all came in the first 3:37 Hartley as six. Lucas and Alex Bentley have five points each for Penn State.