HARTFORD, Conn. – Geno Auriemma wasn’t ready to heap praise on freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis just yet.
She matched her career high with 25 points and Bria Hartley added 19 to help No. 2 Connecticut beat third-ranked Stanford 68-58 in women’s basketball on Monday night.
“There are some things I’ll share with you down the road,” Auriemma said. “She’s a basketball player and her reputation is she’s a shooter coming out of high school. Shooters fill up the box that says shot attempts. There were a lot of numbers in a lot of boxes under her name. A lot of things she does intangibly.”
Mosqueda-Lewis and Hartley carried the Huskies (3-0) for the first 25 minutes as the rest of UConn couldn’t make a shot.
“I think me and Bria play really well off of each other,” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “When one of us isn’t scoring, one shoots the other is going in to rebound. If one is making defensive plays the other one is there to back ‘em up. So, I think we’re a good combination.”
Trailing by six at the half, Stanford (3-1) went on a 10-2 run to start the second half and led 36-34. But the Huskies used a 15-6 surge to resume command.
“Tonight was (UConn’s) night,” Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer said. “They really were on a mission and I wouldn’t take anything away from what they did.”