Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is UConn;s leading scorer (17.0). She has taken more shots (277), scored more field goals (152), attempted more three-pointers (155) and made more (76) than anyone else on her team.
She is shooting 54.9 percent from the field, 49.0 from three, 88.2 percent from the foul line.
The girl can flat shoot the ball.
She was also 11 of 14 in 38 minutes against Baylor on Monday. She scored 26 points.
But Geno Auriemma identified a 13-minute gap in the game when she did not take a shot and that really bothered him. And he said Thursday he doesn’t want that to happen again because it has a tendency to hurt his team.
“It’s a function of the coaches not doing enough to get her shots, a function of her thinking she doesn’t need to shoot anymore [in the game],” Auriemma said. “You can run any play you want, but if someone isn’t active, its going to be hard to get her shots. And it [KML not looking for shots] can’t happen in a game of magnitude.
“If you are shooting 50 percent from the floor, under what scenario would you think she is taking too many shots? If she took 25 shots, I’d probably say they were legitimate shots. I’m concerned we don’t get her enough shots.
“Maya [Moore] and Diana [Taurasi] worked their butts off because they wanted to shoot the ball. I’ve talked to Kaleena and told her the only way you aren’t going to get shots is if you won’t want them. Otherwise, they will be there for her. All of it is within her control. No one can prevent Kaleena from getting any shot she wants.
“It takes the mentality of someone thinking they want to score 40. It’s the same as a rebounder saying they already have 12 [in a game] and don’t need anymore.
“Why shouldn’t someone like Kaleena strive to score 40? Sometimes, that’s what you need. She only had 26 the other night. She needed 33 [UConn lost by six]. That’s the bottom line, even though I realize some of the other players should have scored more, too. But if Kaleena had 33 we wouldn’t be talking about this anymore.”