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Monday, December 29, 2014

Passing Maya is next up for UConn sharpshooter Mosqueda-Lewis

Every now and then Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will take a peek up at the No. 23 hanging in the Huskies of Honor and be reminded of the incredible responsibility she undertook when asking the great Maya Moore if she could wear No. 23 during her four seasons at UConn.

Well, if she makes one 3-pointer against Duke tonight (and Mosqueda-Lewis failed to hit at least one 3-pointer just eight times in 113 career games) she will move by Moore and into sole possession of second place on UConn's career charts.

"Being able to have Maya's number and all the things that have come with it, it is kind of an honor knowing that people speak about Maya with such high regard and then you are the next person to wear that number," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I definitely do want to do that number justice and make Maya proud with the way I wear it."

Moore and Mosqueda-Lewis both have 311 career treys. Diana Taurasi set the program record by hitting 318 during her time as a Husky.

Speaking of milestones, Breanna Stewart needs one blocked shot to become the seventh UConn player with 200 career blocks. Kiah Stokes already has 215 blocked shots meaning that this would be just the second time in program history that two players with at least 200 blocks will be on the court together. Rebecca Lobo and Kara Wolters, who rank No. 1 and 2 all-time at UConn with 396 and 370 blocks respectively are the only other pair of Huskies to accomplish the feat. Tina Charles and Maya Moore as also members of the 200-block club but Moore did not reach that milestone until after Charles had graduated.

One last thing on Mosqueda-Lewis, she is current second among active Division I in 3-pointers made . The aptly-named Morgan Eye of Missouri has 318 career 3s. Mosqueda-Lewis is fifth among active Division I scorers with 1,758 points. Duke's Elizabeth Williams is No. 9 on that list with 1,617 points. She is the active leader with 362 blocked shots. Most people who handle such things had Mosqueda-Lewis and Williams as the top two players in their high school class. Mosqueda-Lewis and Williams were teammates on the U.S. team which won the 2010 FIBA U-17 Championship for Women. Williams was the team's leading scorer and rebounder, beating out current UConn star Breanna Stewart for the team lead in both categories. Mosqueda-Lewis was one of the four double-figure scorers and team leader with 19 3-pointers for the U.S. UConn's Morgan Tuck, who could get the first shot at guarding Williams tonight.

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