Senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis needs just six more 3-pointers to break the all-time NCAA mark. Whatever happens, she will leave UConn as one of the best pure shooters ever to take the floor, and in another program, one not littered with All-Americans, you wonder if Mosqueda-Lewis would have set all kinds of records.
“I have often wondered if we built our offense around her and got her a lot of shots, like some teams, she might get 20 (shots) every night,” coach Geno Auriemma said, via SNY.com. “She’s very very efficient. She doesn’t have those 3 for 15 nights.”
Mosqueda-Lewis struggled in the Huskies' tournament opener against St. Francis Brooklyn, scoring just two points. But she bounced back against Rutgers, draining five 3-pointers and finishing with 23 points.
“She has a skill that doesn’t go away,” Auriemma continued. “Some kids are not quite sure what their thing is. (Mosqueda-Lewis) knows that when she gets an open look there’s a good chance it’s going to go in.”
And Mosqueda-Lewis has the mindset of a scorer, a mental toughness that is as important as the physical skills required to shoot the ball.
“Coach talks about great shooters don’t miss twice in a row,” she said. “Great shooters make more than they miss. That’s the key. Take good shots and take shots that are easy to knock in.”
Six more 3s and Mosqueda-Lewis will break a record previously held by Diana Taurasi.
“I think my teammates are finding me in good positions to shoot the ball,” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “Just having confidence as a shooter, just knock the next one in.“