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College basketball

UConn’s big 2nd half puts away Penn State

– Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a season-high 25 points and No. 2 Connecticut pulled away in the second half to beat No. 10 Penn State 67-52 on Thursday night.

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. The Huskies beat No. 9 Maryland 63-48 on 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.

Mosqueda-Lewis started the game despite a left thigh bruise that kept her out of more than half of the win over Maryland. She hit four of her seven shots from three-point range and added five rebounds.

Penn State got as close as 32-29 on a layup by Talia East with 16 minutes left. But a floater by Banks gave UConn an eight-point lead, and she made it 40-31 with another short jumper with 12:25 to go.

Connecticut turned on the defensive pressure, getting three steals in a little more than a minute that turned into three layups, two by freshman Moriah Jefferson, and a 51-36 lead.

It was 53-41 before a 9-0 Huskies run put the game away.

Penn State had a lead twice in the first half. The first came when Lucas scored five straight points to make it 16-14.

Until that point, UConn had trailed for just 17 seconds this season.

The Huskies were down 18-16 before closing the half on a 12-4 to lead 28-22 at the break.

No. 4 DUKE 85, GEORGIA TECH 52: In Durham, N.C., Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Blue Devils won 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 Duke (7-0, 1-0).

No. 9 MARYLAND 79, VIRGINIA 55: In College Park, Md., Tianna Hawkins had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Alyssa Thomas contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Terrapins won their Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

BALL STATE 73, DETROIT 64, OT: In Muncie, Nathalie Fontaine and Shanee Jackson each had 18 points as the Cardinals (4-6) won the overtime session 16-7.


No. 4 SYRACUSE 84, LONG BEACH STATE 53: In Syracuse, N.Y., C.J. Fair had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams added 15 points and 10 assists as the Orange (7-0) won their 27th straight at home.

No. 11 CINCINNATI 87, ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 53: In Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half, and the Bearcats (8-0) set a school record with 23 steals.

No. 16 CREIGHTON 64, NEBRASKA 42: In Lincoln, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 27 points, Gregory Echenique had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Bluejays (8-1) beat their state rivals.