Mosqueda-Lewis To Play Without Elbow Brace Tonight

Kaleena Mosqueda established a goal even before she returned from missing eight games due to a nerve contusion in her right elbow. She did not want to have to wear a brace on her elbow for the remainder of the season.

Mosqueda-Lewis, who has worn a brace as a precaution in practice and in the five games since returning Dec. 17 at Duke, has accomplished her goal. She will not be required to wear a brace tonight when the top-ranked Huskies face Houston at Gampel Pavilion.

“I didn’t wear it (Monday) in practice so I’m not wearing it in the game (tonight),’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “I’m happy about it. I’m sick of wearing it. I just want to play without it and not have to worry about it.’’

Mosqueda-Lewis is averaging 13.0 points (15-of-30 3-pointers), 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.0 minutes since her return from injury.

For those wondering who is responsible for giving Tierney Lawlor a black eye … Bria Hartley is the culprit.

“That was just a mistake,’’ Hartley said. “We were running offense I think and she was defending me and I went to pass the ball and I just kind of hit her right in the eye. Yeah, I kind of felt bad. My finger hurt too. So I knew I kind of hit her hard. I hit her with my thumb. So I kind of hit her hard.’’