Mosqueda-Lewis Goes The Distance For First Time; Stokes DNP

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Morgan Tuck and Caroline Doty were both experiencing discomfort tonight against Pittsburgh. UConn coach Geno Auriemma did not play Kiah Stokes at all.

So someone had to log more minutes than usual in a 76-36 win at the XL Center. That person was Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who played 40 minutes for the first time in 65 career games.

Mosqueda-Lewis had previously played as many 38 minutes three times this season – vs. Syracuse Jan. 19, at St. John’s Feb. 2 and vs. Baylor Feb. 18.

“Everybody else I kind of find a reason to take them out,’’ Auriemma said. “I just don’t find a reason to take Kaleena out right now. In the first half with Moriah (Jefferson) getting the three fouls and then in the second half Morgan had said that her knee was bothering her and she really couldn’t go any harder and that it was going to be a little bit of a struggle for her. And Caroline the same thing. Caroline’s been banged up a little bit. Her knee’s been bothering her. So we’re kind of down in numbers and it’s never a bad thing to have Kaleena out on the floor, that’s for sure.’’

Mosqueda-Lewis maximized her playing time by producing 19 points, 13 rebounds, five assists (tying a season-high) and two steals. It was her second double-double in the last three games and her third this season.

“It was a dream,’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “It was awesome out there. Halftime was my friend.’’

Sophomore center Kiah Stokes was the only player not to play against the Panthers. Here is Auriemma’s reasoning behind her DNP …

“There’s only so many minutes in the game and right now I’m trying to get minutes for the guys that I think have earned them,’’ Auriemma said.

Rich

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  1. Keith says:

    Bingo Jamison- Geno competes for NC every year- the last two years – we were beaten by better teams. If he can keep Tuck healthy and on track, and Moriah continues with the confidence she has shown- we are better than N Dame this year- in my opinion, and will beat them tomorrow and in the semis! Geno is a real moron- the highest % winningest coach in the game- and that is after the glory days of 3-4 good programs, as it gets more difficult every year, and everyone above is chopping him up. I love Kiah Stokes- something is stopping her from becoming more aggressive and better on the offensive side- and I doubt it is Geno.

  2. Jamison says:

    Do you know how ludicrous that sounds, to be complaining about losing final four semi-final games?

    Geno has coached 7 national championship teams and you whine because he doesn’t win it every year?

  3. SAME STORY EVERY YEAR says:

    TWO SETS OF RULES. ONE FOR THE STARTING BACKCOURT WHICH WILL PREVENT UCONN FROM WINNING A FINAL FOUR SEMI FINAL GAME FOR THE 7TH TIME. ONE FOR STOKES. ZERO DOTY AND SELFISH TURN OVER MACHINE HARTLEY. BRILLIANT GENO. JUST BRILLIANT.

  4. Jack Parker says:

    I like stokes,if good practices earn minutes then Geno makes the call but I see potential in her and I would be a little harder on Hartley’s unproductive playing time?

  5. Dr Joe says:

    With all due respect to Time for Another Transfer and Mr Fox, Ms Stokes has been a major disappointment! She is soft, inconsistent, and not a scoring threat. Some players do not develop despite their High School records and she is one of them. Geno will use Tuck and deservedly so next year. There is no time for further evaluation of Kia. Just ask Buck and Johnson. Geno is not a patient man.

  6. stephen fox says:

    i’m not sure about the transfer, yet; though i thought charde was one who definitely should’ve transferred. i agree about geno’s bias’ toward upperclassmen. and i think it is a detriment. his freshmen will never be ‘sophmores’ by the end of the year the way he plays most, if not all, of them. it also seems to me that their are definitely times the upper classmen(jrs. and srs.) pass up open passes to open underclassmen to make either an ill advised pass to one the others, or a useless pass, anyway.

  7. Time For Another Transfer says:

    Doty deserves minutes? Really? Hartley deserves minutes? Does anyone in the media ever ask Geno why he has two sets of rules?

    Hope that Stokes father convinces her to transfer back home. So what if she has to sit out a year. So what if her new team is not named Baylor or Notre Dame or UConn.

    Stokes will ALWAYS be in Geno’s doghouse. Next season Geno will stick with KML, Dolson, Stewart, Hartley, Banks, Jefferson, and Tuck.