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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mosqueda-Lewis delivers again for UConn

If the second-round game against Saint Joseph's was Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis' best game at UConn, today's game versus Brigham Young might have been her most impactful.

On a rare day when the dynamic scoring duo of Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley couldn't buy a basket for long stretches, it was Mosqueda-Lewis who stepped to the forefont. She scored five straight UConn points in the first half after BYU had built a six-point lead and then in the second half she had a key 3-pointer, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in a span of 105 seconds to key a game-changing 10-0 run.

She pulled down eight offensive rebounds which UConn coach Geno Auriemma thought helped change the Huskies' fortunes.

"I was trying to get in there as much as possible and get second shots because I knew we weren't knocking down the shots that we usually did," said Mosqueda-:Lewis, who finished with game high totals of 19 points and 13 rebounds. "I tried to be as physical as I could."

It hasn't been the easiest of seasons for Mosqueda-Lewis. She injured each of her elbows on hard falls to the floor and had a bout with mononucleosis which forced her to miss 12 games and play below her normal level in many others.

"She has had a terrible year as far as luck goes and she is trying to make up for a lot of lost time," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.

'It just seemed like K was in middle of every play. She made a really tough 3 in second half  that I thought was a big shot for us. I thought the key was the offensive rebounds that she got. You don't expect that of her but in the last couple of games, she has just been unbelievable. We talked about in the huddle and in the locker room that when it is time to win, it is time to make  plays. You can't talk about it anymore, you can't draw it up anymore, your best players making great plays."

Her teammates are thrilled to see Mosqueda-Lewis playing her best at the perfect time. 

"I am excited for her," UConn sophomore guard Moriah Jefferson said. "She had a triple-double, came down with 13 rebounds in this game and I think she is playing great and she is getting back to that rhythm when we need it.".

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