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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Mosqueda-Lewis comes through again for UConn

When Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis missed eight games after injuring her elbow, she returned in impressive fashion by hitting seven 3-pointers in a win at Duke on Dec. 17.

She did not make the same immediate impact during her return after being sidelined for four games with mononucleosis as the All-American missed seven of her 10 shots including six of her seven 3-point attempts in Saturday's win over Rutgers.

After the Rutgers game UConn coach Geno Auriemma predicted that Mosqueda-Lewis would play much better against Louisville on Monday. Mosqueda-Lewis made her coach look pretty good as she had 13 first-half points including a pair of 3-pointers less than three minutes apart as UConn erased early deficits of seven and six points to complete a perfect regular season with a 68-48 win.

"(Breanna Stewart) was struggling a little bit so we had to pick up the slack somewhere," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "Luckily I was hitting shots and I was open and it worked out."

So how is she feeling after playing two games in three days?

"I'm a little tired but I am good, we are getting some time off," Mosqueda-Lewis said.

Mosqueda-Lewis didn't score in the second half although she did have three rebounds to complete her second double-double of the season.

"She came out in the first half and looked like she hadn't missed a beat, hadn't been injured, hadn't been sick with mono but like in the last game I think it caught up with her playing a lot of minutes and she is not ready  for it. She struggled a little bit in the second half.

"Like good players are wont to do, they are going to find a way to impact the game a little bit even when they are not scoring. She did a little bit of that defensively, a little bit on the rebounding end of it and she is only going to get healthier and healthier, she is not 100 percent."

With no game until UConn plays either Central Florida or Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday at 2 p.m., the Huskies have some time to catch their breath and nobody could benefit more from that break between games than Mosqueda-Lewis.

With SMU beating Central Florida earlier today, the pairings for the AAC tournament are now set. Tickets are still available for the tournament, which is being played at Mohegan Sun Arena. Also, the quarterfinal game will not be televised but will be available on ESPN3 and due to a conflict with the UConn men's team, the game will be broadcast on WTIC 96.5 FM.

Friday, March 7 - First Round
 Game 1: No. 9 UCF vs. No. 8 Cincinnati (ESPN3) - 6 p.m.
 Game 2: No. 10 Houston vs. No. 7 Memphis (ESPN3) - 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 - Quarterfinals
 Game 3: No. 5 SMU vs. No. 4 Rutgers (ESPN3) - Noon
 Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 UConn (ESPN3) - 2 p.m.
 Game 5: Game 2 winner vs. No. 2 Louisville (ESPN3) - 6 p.m.
 Game 6: No. 6 Temple vs. No. 3 USF (ESPN3) - 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 - Semifinals
 Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (ESPNU) -1 p.m.
 Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner (ESPNU) - 3 p.m.
Monday, March 10 - Championship
 Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner (ESPN) - 7 p.m.

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