Mosqueda-Lewis overcomes early fouls to record career game
However, the UConn coaches never flinched and they kept her on the court. Nearly two minutes passes before she was reluctantly pulled from the game with 9:37 left in the opening half. Perhaps she would have stayed on the sidelines had senior Kelly Faris not been whistled for her second foul just 62 seconds after Mosqueda-Lewis came out of the game.
Following a television timeout the Huskies hierarchy rolled the dice and reinserted Mosqueda-Lewis back in the game. Although she came perilously close to picking up her second foul while blocking a pair of shots, Mosqueda-Lewis would only be called for one more foul for the rest of the game.
"He (Auriemma) told me to be careful, other coaches told me to make sure you are playing smart and I told them that I would," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I guess since he did keep me in, he trusted me right then. Luckily I didn't get into too much foul trouble and tried to play smart."
Not only did Mosqueda-Lewis play smart, she played extremely well. Mosqueda-Lewis had 26 points (one shy of her career high) to go with 15 rebounds, two assists and three blocked.
Still, she was in no mood to celebrate in the game. She was on the verge of tears when meeting with the media about an hour after the game ended. She was especially disappointed that she attempted one shot in one stretch of 12:43 and that came when she grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled with 1.6 seconds remaining in the first half.