UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Bria Hartley spent most of her Sunday afternoon chasing around Penn State star Maggie Lucas.
But when the University of Connecticut women's basketball team needed points down the stretch, the senior All-American guard came through.
After seeing their 23-point lead cut to nine, Hartley scored five straight points to quiet the crowd and the top-ranked Huskies went on to defeat No. 13 Penn State 71-52 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
UConn (4-0) took its biggest lead at 52-29 on Breanna Stewart's three-point play with 12:08 left. But Lucas and the Lady Lions (2-1) caught fire and pulled within nine on a Lucas 3-pointer. But Hartley scored off an offensive rebound and hit a 3 to make it 62-48. Penn State got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.
Hartley matched her career high with 29 points while Chong had 16 and Stewart 14.
Chong came off the bench to score 10 points in a 12-0 run to put the Huskies in front to stay in the first half. Chong broke a 10-10 tie with a 3-pointer and added a layup off a steal and pass from Moriah Jefferson. Jefferson then had another steal and layup and Chong tacked on two free throws and a trey to make it 22-10.
A Chong layup gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the period at 30-14. It was 37-22 at halftime.
Lucas scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half for Penn State.
UConn was playing at the Bryce Jordan Center for the first time since beating Coppin State and Virginia Tech in a 2006 NCAA Tournament sub-regional. The last time the Huskies played Penn State in University Park was Jan. 8, 1983, three seasons before Geno Auriemma's arrival in Storrs. The Lady Lions' 98-58 victory that day was also their last win over UConn.
The Huskies defeated Penn State a season ago 67-52 at Gampel Pavilion.