Despite Connecticut opening the game with a 5-0 run in the first minute, thanks in part to two early Penn State turnovers, the No. 10 Lady Lions rallied to trail the No. 2 Huskies, 28-22, at halftime.
The first 20 minutes of play have featured a tough, hard fought game that has created some sloppiness with both teams combining for 21 turnovers.
The physicality of the game, such as diving for loose balls and hard fouls, has been one constant. Unfortunately for Penn State, it has suffered the most going into half.
Senior guard Alex Bentley and senior forward Mia Nickson enter the half with three fouls each while junior guard Maggie Lucas has two.
On the other side, the Huskies have three players with two fouls each: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Bria Hartley and Kelly Faris.
Through UConn assistant director of athletics communication Pat McKenna, Geno Auriemma said the key to the game for Connecticut was to shut down Penn State's backcourt.
Bentley, Lucas and redshirt junior Dara Taylor have combined to score 14 of Penn State's 28 points. They have also shot a combined 17.2 percent from the field.