UConn sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and junior Stefanie Dolson have been adamant that the ultimate success of the team trumps any individual honors. However, there is one individual goal that each player has been striving to attain – becoming an All-American.
Fresh off leading the Huskies to an NCAA record sixth straight trip to the Final Four, Mosqueda-Lewis and Dolson achieved their goal Tuesday when they were honored by The Associated Press. Mosqueda-Lewis was named a second team All-America. Dolson was named to the third team.
UConn senior Kelly Faris earned honorable mention honors.
“I feel like just coming into college basketball you always hope for a national championship and, a little selfishly, maybe one day I can be an All-American,’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “That’s exciting. It’s something that I’ve dreamed about. Ever since being little you work to get to that point. First, I’m going to call my parents and tell them, `Oh, they chose me. They thought I was good enough.’’’
Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor) were named to the first team.
Mosqueda-Lewis, who earned 10 first-team votes, was seventh overall with 119 points from the 40-member nationwide panel. Faris was named to the first team twice.
Mosqueda-Lewis is averaging career-highs of 17.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 30.3 minutes this season. She leads the team in scoring and minutes, leads the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (.489) and has set a team single-season record with 190 made 3-pointers.
Dolson is averaging career-highs of 14.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 26.9 minutes in 35 games. She leads the Huskies in rebounding and is second nationally in field goal shooting percentage (.596).
“Anyone who comes here that’s their goal, whether they say it or not,’’ Dolson said of becoming an All-American. “That’s why you come to a school like this. But it is definitely a really, really awesome accomplishment. I’m just proud of myself.’’
Mosqueda-Lewis and Dolson are also among 12 finalists for the 10-member WBCA All-America team, which will be announced Saturday at New Orleans Arena. Should they earn a spot on this team they would, in turn, earn a spot in the Huskies on Honor.