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Monday, November 28, 2011

A high basketball IQ is part of Mosqueda-Lewis' skill set

It is easy to look at the way freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis plays and focus on the near perfect shooting form and incredibly quick release. But there were two plays she made during the recently-completed World Vision Classic which impressed me more than any of the 3-pointers she drained over the weekend.

The first one happened in Saturday's game against Buffalo. Mosqueda-Lewis was on the left wing when one of her teammates put up a shot just a few feet away from where she was standing. As the ball was about to carom off the rim, Mosqueda-Lewis instinctively sprinted across the lane and was in perfect position to corral the offensive rebound.

Then on Sunday Mosqueda-Lewis was at the front of the Huskies' 2-2-1 press. She was supposed to pressure the player in the corner which she was doing. Then she quickly peeled off her responsibility and curled back into the path of the Dayton player who had just inbounded the ball. Mosqueda-Lewis stole the ball and hit an uncontested layup as part of her 23 points against the Flyers.

After the game I asked Mosqueda-Lewis about that play because it is not one every player would make.

"I just noticed that when we trapped in the corner, they passed it right back to the inbounder," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I saw her eyes and I knew she wasn't going to pass it to my man so I was going to see if she was going to pass it to the inbounder. I got lucky that she did."

There wasn't much luck involved. Since preseason UConn coach Geno Auriemma had stated that people who talk about Mosqueda-Lewis as simply being a great shooter are selling her short. I tend to agree as she clearly can think the game.

"You have to be able to anticipate things," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "Great players are able to see things before they happen, the older you get, the better you get at it. I have a lot to learn but it is slowly coming.'

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