Huskies Looking to Stay Sharp in Blowouts

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who struggled with finding her shot in recent weeks, appears back on track

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Another game, another win for UConn. This time (like most other times), it was a blowout, a 100-45 affair against an overmatched Central Florida team. It was the Huskies' 16th straight victory.

Senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who struggled with finding her shot in recent weeks, appears back on track. She led the way with 23 points.

"Our focus right now is on trying to stay sharp and making sure that we play hard every single possession,” Mosqueda-Lewis said, via “We want to work on things every game and make sure we’re better at something. Two things we’re really trying to sharpen right now is defense and rebounding and we’re doing well.”

Coach Geno Auriemma, meanwhile, spoke honestly about the competition, and the need stay sharp as UConn prepares for playing in March and April.

“I don’t think Central Florida is as talented as some of the teams that we’ve played, but they play harder than a lot of teams we’ve played,” Auriemma said. “That’s for sure. ...

“The challenge for us is to stay in that mode where we’re trying to execute some things we want to do,” the coach continued. “Once the first half ended tonight, things changed in how we wanted to play. We weren’t going to score 60 points in the second half. That’s not how we play. But at the same time, we’re not really worried what the score is. I just want to make sure that they don’t develop bad habits, that they don’t get sloppy with the way we want to execute and want to play.

“The hard part is trying to figure out how to get our starters enough minutes. K played 12 minutes in the first half. If you don’t play her in the second half, it’s not really a game. It’s not really a practice. It’s nothing. So the hard part is figuring out how long do we leave in and how much time do we need them to get.”

For some perspective on what the Huskies are doing in 2014-15, consider this: Their average margin of victory in seven AAC games? 45.7 points. Put another way: Good luck, rest of the conference.

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