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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Mosqueda-Lewis goes out in style for UConn

There may never have been a great UConn player who has been reminded of her faults more than Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.

Mosqueda-Lewis finished her career tied with Nykesha Sales as the Huskies' third all-time leading scorer. Yet for four years all she heard was that she was a one-dimension and nothing more than a great shooter and an out of shape shooter at that.

Well, the player who couldn't create her own shot, managed to hit three of the most important shots of her career. The first was a 3-pointer as a trailer on the break, something she has done so often in her UConn career. But the other two were contested jumpers in the lane that were simply the case of her being determined to leave UConn with a third straight national title.

Mission accomplished.

"It is awesome being about to go out like this as a senior and go out on top," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I think that is the job of a senior try to step up when the team needs you.

"It was the hardest one. We had to lead the team this year we weren't the babies anymore and it was in our hands to decide how this game was going to be (decided)."

Mosqueda-Lewis wasn't named to the all-tournament team but she could easily have been the game's MVP. Her teammates never doubted that she would deliver in the clutch.

"We knew she was going to do it," UConn junior guard Moriah Jefferson said. "She does it time and time again. I said 'K, let's go.' She looked at me and said 'give me the ball.' She put us over the edge. I am so proud of her and so excited. To have the season that we had, to come out and play this tough hard-fought game, it is incredible."

The 63-53 victory, which is UConn's closest win in the last two seasons, gave UConn coach Geno Auriemma his 10th title matching the Division I basketball record held by UCLA men's coach John Wooden.

"He deserved it," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "He has earned it more than anything and I am so glad to be a part of it."

Breanna Stewart was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, becoming the first player to earn that honor three times although on the stage after the game she said Jefferson deserved the honor and how thrilled she was to share the title with her before the two teammates hugged.

Jefferson and Tuck joined Stewart as well as Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd and Brianna Turner.

UConn is expected to return to campus around 5:15 p..m. for its National Champions "Victory Lap" through campus The team will ride in an open-air double decker bus and will be accompanied by the UConn pep band and cheerleaders.

The “Victory Lap” will have a new route this year and will begin at the Mansfield Town Square in Storrs Center, located on Route 195/Storrs Road.

The "Victory Lap" will leave Storrs Center, head north on Route 195 before making a quick turn onto Mansfield Road to enter campus. The team will then turn onto Gilbert Road (past the South and West Campus and Alumni residence halls) and right onto Hillside Road (past McMahon Hall and the UConn Co-Op) before arriving at Gampel Pavilion.

Upon conclusion of the "Victory Lap" there will be a brief speaking program at the North Entrance of Gampel Pavilion – near the Husky Dog statue.

Fans can track the Huskies exact progress from Bradley International Airport to campus with updates from Twitter at @UConnWBB.

Parking for the event on campus will be available in both the North and South Parking Garages. For those wishing to park at Storrs Center, there is free two-hour parking in that garage.


Anonymous Joe said...

I am really impressed at how Kaleena could come up with key offensive rebounds time after time after time.

"Pure shooters" don't like to grub in the trenches, KML is a complete player.

8:53 AM 

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