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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Close friends Harry, Mosqueda-Lewis to meet in Sweet 16

Some of the specifics are bit fuzzy.

As BYU junior Xojian Harry took a trip down memory lane and recounted her life-long friendship with UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis she vividly remembers flying from Utah to California form Mosqueda-Lewis' surprise birthday but which birthday it was "I don't even remember, it was years ago." She has so many wonderful memories of teaming up with her close friend in pickup games but as far as the first time the two stepping onto a basketball court together "probably when we were in high school."

However, when it comes time to pinpoint what she likes the most about her good friend, she does not hesitate.

"She's fun, she is absolutely hilarious," Harry said.

Mosqueda-Lewis' father and mother are extremely close with members of Harry's family so even though they grew up in different states, they have always been close.

Now they get to square off on the basketball court in an official game for the first time when their teammates meet in the Lincoln regional semifinal at 4:30 p.m.

"It is coll how it ended up this way," Harry said.

It was a foregone conclusion that Mosqueda-Lewis' team would be in Lincoln for the Sweet 16 game but it was a tougher road for BYU.

After losing to Gonzaga in the WCC final, the Cougars weren't even guaranteed to be in the NCAA tournament.. As a 12 seed, BYU was one of the lowest seeded at-large squads and needed to upset fifty-seeded North Carolina State and No. 4 seed Nebraska just to get this far.

Now comes a chance for the good friends to hit the court.

"It is kind of cool when you guys grow up together and you get to play against each other in the Sweet 16, that is cool to see how far you have come," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "It is really cool to play against a friend, somebody you have known for a long time.

"She is just a genuine person, somebody is good hearted, fun and silly to be around. It is awesome for her. I know how hard she has worked since she has gotten to BYU and she is really making an impact for the team this year."

LIVE BLOG FOR BYU GAME
A live blog will be running during the BYU/UConn game today. The game tips a few minutes after 4:30 p.m.


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