UConn sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis should be commended for her professionalism. Again.
First, she came right out and said that she was the one who missed the box-out on Natalie Novosel’s game-tying putback with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation in an overtime loss to Notre Dame in the national semifinals last season. Today, she spent several minutes discussing the potential game-winning 3-pointer that she missed in Saturday’s 73-72 loss to the Irish.
Mosqueda-Lewis said that as soon as the ball left her hands she knew that good things were not in store for her and the Huskies.
“I didn’t know exactly how it was going to come off (my hands), but I knew it wasn’t going in,’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “When it left my hands I was like, `Dang, that wasn’t the way I wanted it come off.’ I don’t know if I was too open or if I just rushed it. I don’t know what it was. All I know is that it didn’t go in.
“I’ve thought about it a lot since it happened and I’ll probably still think about it until the end of the season. I’ll probably think about it for a long time. But I’m a shooter. You’re not going to make them all. And I wanted to make that one, but unfortunately it didn’t fall for me. And I’m going to keep practicing my shot.’’
After a weight-training session today at Gampel Pavilion, with Bria Hartley feeding her the ball, Mosqueda-Lewis took at least a combined 200 shots from the corner where she missed at the end of the game and from the wing where she missed with 1:07 left and UConn leading 72-71.
“I went out there and shot that same shot for a long time today,’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “And I almost made every one. Basically, I know I can make that shot. Nine out of 10 times I’m going to make that shot. The way I missed it is just the … It’s the same way Coach (Geno Auriemma) always tells me when we’re shooting in drills. `Kaleena, you can’t ever be short.’ And in drills you think, `Oh, it doesn’t matter.’ But in that game maybe if I would’ve shot the ball long it would’ve been an easier rebound for my teammates to get and they would’ve put it back up.’’
For the record, Mosqueda-Lewis is second nationally in 3-point shooting percentage (.522). Only Penn State star Maggie Lucas (.529) is more accurate.