Perhaps the most amazing news to come out of Monday's announcement that junior sharpshooter Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had been named to the American Athletic Conference preseason team was that she wasn't a unanimous selection.
Not surprisingly, KML is unfazed by the development because no matter what the media or other coaches think, she remains on of the most dangerous players in women's basketball.
“If they didn’t vote for me, they didn’t vote for me,” Mosqueda-Lewis said, via SNY.com. “They didn’t think I was good enough. I’m just going to go out there and continue to play. It doesn’t affect me or my team and how we’re going to perform.”
Coach Geno Auriemma agreed.
“I don’t think it’s important who it is (that didn’t vote for her),” he said. “That’s one thing we have to make sure we don’t do, don’t get caught up in the other stuff. It’s going to be difficult enough as it is to keep everyone going in the right direction.”
Auriemma also pointed out that maybe the AAC will be better than people think.
“[Mosqueda Lewis has] led our team in scoring the last two years,” he said. “So maybe this league is a lot better than people are giving it credit for. I’m anxious to see all these great players when they come up to Gampel Pavilion and when we go down to play against them. I’m sure Kaleena is anxious to see them, too.”
Mosqueda-Lewis, who is the fifth UConn sophomore to be named a WBCA All-American and the fourth to reach 1,000 points, can take solace in knowing that the only unanimous selection to the AAC team was teammate Breanna Stewart. The sophomore from Syracuse, NY, was also named the AAC Preseason Player of the Year.
“It’s an honor and it’s humbling,” Stewart said. “But it’s the preseason. It’s what people think at the beginning of the season. To get at the end of the season means I’ll have to play well throughout the whole season. I’m focused on playing well.”