The next stop for UConn’s newest Dynamic Duo of junior Stefanie Dolson and sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will be Carnesecca Arena Saturday in New York.
They are fresh off a performance against Villanova Tuesday when they combined for 39 points (14-of-25 FG) in a 76-43 win. Dolson finished with 20 points (8-of-11 FG) and eight rebounds in 21 minutes. Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points (5-of-6 3-pointers), four rebounds and five assists in 24 minutes.
Mosqueda-Lewis currently leads the third-ranked Huskies in scoring (16.9) and is averaging 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.4 minutes in 19 games. Dolson is third on the team in scoring (13.8) and second in rebounds (6.7) and assists (3.3) in 26.6 minutes in 20 games.
Mosqueda-Lewis and Dolson are accounting for 37.2 percent of UConn’s scoring (82.5) and 28.6 percent of its rebounding (43.0).
“It’s good to have someone inside who can finish and then Kaleena who’s outside who’s just knocking in shots and driving to the basket hard and rebounding extremely well,’’ Dolson said. “It’s just a really good combination to have, us two.’’
Dolson speaks like the upperclassman that she is. She shied away this week from directly answering a question about whether or not she wants to be recognized as one of the top players in the country.
Dolson admits that she is working “pretty hard’’ to put herself in that category. Yet, she quickly added publicly that what she is doing will lead to the ultimate success of the team.
“I’m doing as much as I can to help the team,’’ Dolson said. “I think that’s something that I’m not focused on right now is being the best in the country. I just want to be the best team in the country. And that just means me playing at my best, and if that’s going to help my team win every game and then at the end win the (NCAA) tournament that’s just what I have to do.’’
Mosqueda-Lewis is also a team-oriented player. There is no doubt about that. But her sense of confidence right now is something to behold. There is no doubt that she wants to be talked about among the nation’s best players. And that is something that you can truly appreciate in a young player.
“Definitely, I want to be recognized as one of those players,’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “I think that I’ve tried to make steps to be more consistent for my team and just being a better all-around player. And I feel like if you’re talking about a player that’s the best in the country, or one of the best, they’re an all-around player. They’re not someone that just scores or someone that just plays good defense. It’s someone that does a little bit of everything, like Kelly Faris.’’