On Sunday, junior sharpshooter Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis suffered a bone contusion to her left elbow, the second time this season an arm injury has forced her to the sidelines. In November, she missed eight games but coach Geno Auriemma didn't think the latest injury was serious.
On Friday, the school announced that KML would miss 3-6 weeks ... with mono.
STORRS, Conn. - Junior forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will be forced out of action for the next 3-6 weeks after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. The Anaheim Hills, Calif. native is averaging 12.2 points, and 4.6 rebounds per contest while shooting a team-best 42.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Earlier this season, Mosqueda-Lewis was forced to miss eight games after suffering a nerve contusion in her right elbow late in the first half of UConn’s 76-57 victory over No. 3 Stanford on November 11. She had played in the top-ranked Huskies’ last 15 contests following her return from that injury.
The 2012-13 State Farm/WBCA All-American, was rounding into form of late, averaging 15.5 points and shooting 43.5 percent from the floor in her last six games.
UConn’s single-season 3-point field goals made record holder notched her first double-double of the season on February 4 against SMU and matched her career-high with seven assists against the Mustangs.
The Huskies are already without Morgan Tuck, who was lost for the season after suffering a knee injury in January. But as we noted earlier in the week, don't feel sorry for Geno Auriemma's crew just yet. For starters, they've still managed to go 25-0 (12-0 in the AAC) and have routinely blown out opponents in the process.
Oh, and sophomore Breanna Stewart remains one of the best players on the planet, taking over games like, well, she's one of the best players on the planet. And then there's the rest of the starting lineup which is comprised a bunch of uber-talented former high school All-Americans who have had similar success at the college level. Put another way: The Huskies will be fine, and the remaining healthy players will do whatever it takes to insure that. Even if it means playing every minute of every game.
“Playing 40 minutes? I don’t think it’s anything bad for all,” senior guard Bria Hartley said via SNY.com. “My sophomore year it seemed like I played 40 minutes a majority of the time. I don’t mind it. I’m sure Moriah (Jefferson) doesn’t mind it either. We’re all in really good shape and work really hard.
“Part of being a competitor is going out there and you have to be prepared to play 40 minutes every game. You might be tired. If we had only five players, Coach would use his time outs to help us out a little bit. You have to be ready for that and in tournament time you have to step up and be ready for anything.”
Even, it turns out, mononucleosis.