NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 09: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis #23 of the Connecticut Huskies handles the ball against Antonita Slaughter #4 of the Louisville Cardinals in the second half during the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four Championship at New Orleans Arena on April 9, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
The Huskies cruised to their 25th win of the season Sunday with a 81-64 win over Louisville, but the game wasn't without incident. With 18 seconds to go in the first half, junior sharpshooter Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis suffered an elbow contusion after colliding with a Louisville player under the basket.
Mosqueda-Lewis missed eight games earlier this season after a similar injury against Stanford on Nov. 11. Against the Cardinals, she was making her way to the basket when she fell awkwardly to the floor on her left arm. She headed to the bench with 13 first-half points, the most recent sign that she was again finding her form as one of the nation's best scorers.
After the game, coach Geno Auriemma was guardedly optimistic about Mosqueda-Lewis' prognosis.
"From what I have been able to see it is not as bad as what happened last time," he said. "We will know more, the doctor is looking at her right now. It is in a similar spot just a different elbow. We have a week off before we play again, therefore we will know more in a day or two. Right now, there is not that same sense of urgency with the injury that I saw the first time. She has to learn how to fall or something. We've got to put bubbles around our guys...we can't afford to get anybody else hurt...it is unbelievable."
Mosqueda-Lewis made a brief attempt in the second half to return to the court but it was short-lived. Now she'll have six days to get ready for UConn's next matchup against USF.