The UConn women have run the table, albeit one without its leaf attached yet.
But there will be plenty of time for trends to develop once the nation's second-ranked team returns from exams in 12 days. For now, all that matters is the bottom line — the Huskies are 8-0 and Geno Auriemma said he doesn't feel like the mix is anywhere close to playing to its potential.
UConn won two difficult home games this week, both slugfests in classic Big Ten form. The Huskies beat Maryland Monday at the XL Center and Penn State Thursday at Gampel by 15-point margins by being a tad more deep, talented and resourceful than their inspired opponents.
And while that might seem like it's enough, those who know Auriemma understand that it isn't.
"We're not too happy about this win," Brianna Banks said. "There are a lot of things we still need to figure out. The good thing that came out of it was that we learned when someone pushes us, we need to push back."
The Huskies were outrebounded in both victories (by a total of just three) and the bump-and-grind of their opponents effectively slowed their offensive flow.
"One of the things that was brought up in the locker room, at one point after the game by one of the players, had a lot to do with learning how to play through difficult situations," Auriemma said Thursday after UConn's 67-52 win over No. 10 Penn State.
If not for sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Penn State might have pulled off the biggest upset of the season.
"With all the offensive weapons we have, we understand opponents are going to need to be super aggressive to take us out of things we like to do," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "We'll just need to stay strong and stay smart."
For the longest time this week, it appeared Mosqueda-Lewis wouldn't even play.
In the first half of the Maryland game, after scoring seven points in 13 minutes, Mosqueda-Lewis, the Big East's freshman of the year last season, felt something pull in her left quad. She had just returned from a concussion sustained in a game Nov. 24 that forced her to miss UConn's win over Colgate.
"My knee was all swollen," she said. "But [Rosemary Ragle, UConn's athletic trainer] told me she would try to get me back as quickly as possible. And she did. I was just happy to be able to play.
"I'll just try to stay padded up for the rest of the year."
After just being cleared to play Thursday afternoon, Mosqueda-Lewis played 35 minutes. She scored eight of UConn's first 10 points and finished with a game-high 25, shooting 4 of 7 from three with five rebounds and four steals, but six turnovers.
What Auriemma sees in Mosqueda-Lewis is a reconstituted talent, one who sees the game much differently than she did last year.
"She spent her whole freshman year kind of wandering around the three-point line, hoping and praying that she would get another opportunity to shoot," Auriemma said. "[Against Penn State] she had three offensive-foul calls and they were uncharacteristic. … She's done a really good job of getting people off their feet and one-dribble by them for a really high percentage shot for her.
"But I think when she saw the way the game was being officiated [38 total fouls] she wanted to attack the basket more and that's her mentality right now. She wants to post up, she wants to attack up the middle. As a result of that she is getting some really good looks outside the three-point line as well."
During the break, when the players have time to think about basketball, Auriemma would like it if more of them emulated the play that's transformed the game of Mosqueda-Lewis, Banks, Kelly Faris and Stef Dolson.
Until then, even though UConn's has won by a margin of 40.2, he is not going to be satisfied.
"Kaleena's done what I'd hope most players would do. She took what she was really good at as a freshman and what she was not good at and adjusted her game and now she's a sophomore and she's a different player than she was last year."