National Championship Made Lasting Impression On Mosqueda-Lewis

No matter how much time junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis spent envisioning what it would be like to win a national championship it paled in comparison to how she felt at New Orleans Arena in April. It was better than she had ever imagined.

Mosqueda-Lewis had previously won three gold medals playing with USA Basketball. But earning her first national championship at UConn with a win over Louisville in the NCAA tournament final was something to cherish, something she will not forget.

“You dream about it and you’re like, `Oh, it’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be the best feeling in the world to win a national championship,’’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “And it is, but it makes it even better because you put in that work with the team and you’ve given the blood, sweat and tears the whole time.’’

Embracing a national championship perfectly capped what was a spectacular season for Mosqueda-Lewis, who firmly established herself among the nation’s top players. She led the Huskies in scoring (17.6) and also averaged 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 30.2 minutes to establish career-highs in every category.

Mosqueda-Lewis was named to the WBCA All-America team, which honors the Top 10 players in the country, and honored as a second team All-American by The Associated Press. She led the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (.492) and made 3-pointers (118, a team single-season record) and averaged 18.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the NCAA tournament in being named to the Final Four all-tournament team.

Mosqueda-Lewis exudes confidence when she talks and when she competes. She admits that she would like to become the best player in the country at some point in her career.

“Yeah, of course, I do,’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “I think everybody that plays this game and wants to be an elite player that’s another goal of theirs as well.’’

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