Geno likes the look of young Huskies
Storrs - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 14 of her 24 points in the first half to lead No. 2 UConn to a 105-28 win over Indiana University (Pa.) in an exhibition game Friday night before 5,462 at Gampel Pavilion.
Freshman Breanna Stewart, the high school national player of the year added 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in her Huskies' debut.
"Putting on the UConn uniform for the first time was really exciting," Stewart said. "It was something I have been waiting for for a long time."
UConn had six players score in double figures as senior Kelly Faris finished with 11 points and eight assists, junior Stefanie Dolson had 14 points, freshman Morgan Tuck had 15 points and freshman Moriah Jefferson had 10.
"There were some things that happened tonight where we said, 'Wow, that's really good,'" coach Geno Auriemma said. "If they could build on that that's going to be really something for this team.
"As the game went it got better and better, which is a good sign, and as we saw there wasn't a drop off that you worry about."
UConn played without fifth-year senior guard Caroline Doty and junior guard Bria Hartley. Doty was scratched after aggravating a chronic left knee injury during the afternoon shoot-around. Hartley is out indefinitely with a sprained left foot.
Even without them, UConn's had an easy time with the Hawks, who took a 2-0 lead before the Huskies scored 16 unanswered points on the way to a 50-13 halftime lead. Mosqueda-Lewis made four 3-pointers in the opening half, Stewart came off the bench to scored nine points and Brianna Banks made five of her game-high seven steals (she also finished with six assists). In addition to the 16-0 run, UConn later had a 13-0 run to open a 33-6 lead.
"We're just trying to get out the kinks and try and get a good rhythm out there," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "It doesn't matter who you're playing if you're not running the offense right or making the right rotations. I think tonight really helped us figure out what tweaks we need to make on defense and offense."