Mosqueda-Lewis Plays Tough In Win Over BYU

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When Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is fully healthy she is the top 3-point shooter in the nation. That is her specialty. But that is not what she wants to be known for. She wants to be recognized as an all-around player. One that can hurt teams in a variety of ways.

Mosqueda-Lewis made only one of her four 3-point attempts today against 12th-seeded BYU in the Lincoln Regional semifinals. Yet, she proved to be the primary reason why the Huskies advanced to the Elite Eight for the ninth straight season as she finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds (career-high eight offensive), four assists and one steal in a season-high 36 minutes.

“It just seemed that K was in the middle of every play,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “She made a really tough (jumper) down at the other end in the first half with a kid right in her face that I thought was really big shot for us. And then I thought the key to the game was the offensive rebounds that she got.

“You don’t expect that of her, but the last couple of games she’s just been unbelievable. And we talked about that in the huddle in the locker room, when it’s time to win it’s time to make plays. You can’t talk about it any more. You can’t draw up anything anymore. Now it’s about your best players making great plays. And the last two games K has just been unbelievable at both ends of the floor.’’

Mosqueda-Lewis is averaging 19.5 points, 11.5 rebounds (7.0 offensive) and 7.0 assists over the last two games. She had the third triple-double in team history against Saint Joseph’s in the second round.

“I’ve been trying ever since my freshman year to become a more all-around player, to be more versatile and do everything,’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said. “And I think that as I get older more and more I’m doing that.’’

Mosqueda-Lewis had three points, two rebounds and two assists in a span of 1:48 in the second half to fuel a 10-0 run by the Huskies that snapped a 37-37 tie. Overall, she produced nine of her 19 points, nine of her 13 rebounds and six of her eight offensive rebounds in 16 minutes in the half

Mosqueda also had two of her three putbacks in the second half.

“I think it’s just mindset,’’ Mosqueda-Lewis said referring to rebounding. “It’s just matter of getting position. And, also, I think rebounds have a lot to do with luck a little bit sometimes. You happen to be under the basket at the time and it comes off the right way.

“I was just trying to get in there as much as possible. Just trying to get us second-chance shots because I knew we really weren’t knocking down the shots that we usually did. And so just trying to be as physical as I could and Stefanie (Dolson) was bringing the big girl (Jennifer Hamson) out so it was a good opportunity for us to get rebounds on the weak side.’’

Rich

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4 Responses

  1. Mike McManus says:

    Where else but in CT would you find two extremely negative comments about the #1 team in the country. Maybe you both should root for Duke and their frustrated coach, or Stanford…they both also get many of the top recruits in the country but for some strange reason, never achieve what UCONN has in the past 10 years.

  2. You Can't Be Serious says:

    Refs were terrible for both teams. Take the blinders off. Dolson still acts like she is in high school. Complaining she never fouls. Complaining she gets fouled but no calls. You do knot see anyone else on UConn do that. Husky fans made fun of Becca Brucheski, Deveraux Peters, and Skylar Diggins, for complaining and pouting. Dolson is right there. Plus, she yells every time there is contact. Refs know this and are not fooled. Lastly, Dolson flops. At 6’5″ and very solid, Dolson falls down at the slightest contact. Refs watch game tapes and are quite aware of this. So too are opposing coaches, who make sure refs are aware of Dolson’s antics.

  3. GoBlue&GreenMI says:

    Once again UConn beats refs and opposition. No problem!

  4. Same OId Story says:

    UConn played not to lose in the first half. Hartley reverted to her junior season in the first half. Lousy play and no leadership. Chong and Banks could have done the same thing. Dolson continued her four year long behavior of complaining about not fouling and complaining about being fouled. Dolson’s emotions got the best of her, as you saw her facial and body language when picking herself off the ground. Wonder why UConn has only 9 scholarship players and two 1 player recruit classes in 5 seasons? Look no further than the annual 5.5 player rotation from the Sweet 16 onwards. Auriemma gets credit for being a genius. But the reality is UConn has two #1 high school players, one #2, and 3 others in the top 25, while teams like BYU are built with players outside the top 100. A genius coach would have confidence to play Chong for 15 minutes, considering Chong rescued UConn against Stanford at the very beginning of the season.