UConn freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis shared game-high honors with 15 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes Sunday to lead the U.S. to a 69-46 victory over Spain in the gold medal game of the FIBA U-19 World Championship in Puerto Montt, Chile. Mosqueda-Lewis was 6-of-11 from the field (3-of-6 3-pointers).
UConn sophomore Stefanie Dolson added 15 points, four rebounds and one block in 16 minutes for the U.S., who finished 8-1 and claimed its fourth straight gold medal at the event.
The game was not close for long. Leading 11-9 with nearly four minutes left in the first quarter, the U.S. scored nine straight points during a 14-3 run. Dolson had seven points in the run.
The U.S., who was coached by former UConn All-American and current Hartford head coach Jennifer Rizzotti, led 25-15 at the end of the first quarter; 37-22 at halftime; and 56-36 at the end of the third quarter. The lead swelled to as large as 25 in the fourth quarter.
UConn 2012 commit Breanna Stewart finished with three points, six rebounds and game-highs of two steals and three blocks in 19 minutes. UConn sophomore Bria Hartley had three points, two rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes.
Morgan Tuck, another UConn 2012 commit, had two points and one rebound 13 minutes. UConn 2013 target Diamond DeShields had two points and one rebound in four minutes.
Rizzotti, Dolson, Hartley and DeShields also won a gold medal at the U-18 Championship last summer in Colorado Springs, Colo.