Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is playing like an All-American. She is playing like one of the Top 5 players in the country.
And Mosqueda-Lewis further bolstered her resume in tonight’s 94-37 win over Marquette. She had a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field (5-of-6 3-pointers), six rebounds, five assists and two steals in 23 minutes.
Mosqueda made her first eight shots before missing a jumper with 17:22 left in the game. She is just in that kind of a flow right now, averaging 18.8 points on 53.7 percent shooting (29-of-55 3-pointers) over the last eight games.
“I don’t know how you can be better,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “I don’t know how you can be better. We actually at one timeout in the second half we just said, `Look, I don’t want you to shoot any more 3s. I want us to score in the lane now. I want us to score some other way.’ We stopped shooting them. But when she’s in the game it’s almost like I never want to take her out. You talk about somebody that I never want out of the game … I never want her out of the game. Ever. That’s why tonight … She didn’t commit one foul. I want it to be like that all year. I don’t even want her to even think about fouling anybody because I know that in a three-minute stretch she’s going to blow the game open. That’s how much confidence we have in her right now.’’
Mosqueda-Lewis had one of those stretches tonight when she scored seven points in a span of 48 seconds late in the first half on a put back and a pair of 3-pointers.
Mosqueda-Lewis leads the Huskies in scoring (17.2) and is averaging 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 28.6 minutes. She has scored at least 21 points in four of the last eight games and at least 19 points in six of the last eight.
“I’m just confident right now,’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “My teammates are getting me the ball where I need to get it. Coach is calling the right plays. I’m just trying to keep moving on offense, and defensively just stay aggressive.’’
Tonight was the second time in the last four games that Mosqueda-Lewis did not commit a foul. She has committed just seven fouls in the last six games.
“Geno was probably pleased with the no fouls,’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “I’m trying not to foul as much. In a game like this, you want to practice not fouling because when I get in games like Notre Dame I can’t afford to foul. So you’ve just got to learn in games like this for big games.’’
The 15 3-pointers made by UConn tonight tied for the second most in a game in team history. They also made 15 at Oregon Dec. 31.
The record is 18 set against Syracuse Jan. 17, 2009. The Huskies also set a team single-game record for 3-point attempts in that game with 39.