Expect More From Mosqueda-Lewis – Geno Does

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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.”

 

 

 

 

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22 thoughts on “Expect More From Mosqueda-Lewis – Geno Does

  1. KML Uconn's Great hope

    I hate Geno comparing KML to ANYONE. She’s perfect as the very best KML there is or ever was.

    In the Baylor game Mulkey had her covered with a new skin (so closely guarded). The rare moments she was open she shot. I did hope she would try to shoot although being so well guarded just to draw fouls.

    Geno is great, Geno is God—yea?? But Maya as a Soph wouldn’t have done as well. DT because she thought she was amazing (in her mind)would attack the entire Baylor team when she was a Junior, she blew the ND championship game with 15 clunkers. Stop the bad comparison.
    Ask KML to shoot when guarded. Geno doesn’t have to make up legends (that never existed as sophs)to get KML to do it. KML is the best purest shooter I’ve ever seen at UConn–DT was the toughest–MAYA the long range jumper expert–Sue Bird the “when the going got the toughest, she was tougher”

    1. BLAH BLAH BLAH

      CRITICISM ABOUT MAYA AND DT FROM AN “EXPERT” WITH NO CREDENTIALS.

      1. anti-troll

        “DT because she thought she was amazing (in her mind”

        Seriously???

    2. John Singkit

      Sure, DT had those clunkers against ND when the pressure was on her to do something special because two of their best players were injured and unavailable. But guess what happened three years running after that? Maya a long range jumper expert? That was the least of her skill set when she arrived at UConn; she did get better at it even as a freshman.

      But both had takeover mentalities – they would sense when it was time for them to take matters in their own hands and do it. Sometimes they failed but most of the time, they succeeded.

      KML is still in the win together as a team mode but sometimes, it is important to simply sense that your team needs you to be more selfish (statistically) and do it. I bet none of her teammates would mind a 50+% shooter do that during the times the need for it arises. A challenge from the coach has been thrown down, at the same time telling her teammates it is coming so don’t fret when it does.

      1. Steve Gee

        Good points John.

        The similarity I’m starting to see with KML and DT is is the physicality of the opposing coverage.
        DT’s senior season, she was hounded, held, and bumped constantly when without the ball, often having to run over multiple screens to get a bit of daylight.
        KML saw some of that against Baylor. She’ll likely see much more.

    3. trouttime

      Diana threw those clunkers up in her freshman year. diana was amazing in her own mind- who are these people. Diana carried a marginal or avg team to he national championship her soph, jr and sr year. And Miss Maya was a superstar her Sophomore year. And KML is a star too. Not sure why you are so upset?

  2. Village Idiot

    KML, if you saw the same Baylor game I saw, got shots when closely guarded, with less than 2 seconds to get off the shot. The Baylor guarding her (Madden I think) was a bit taller and very mobile, did a superb job guarding Kaleena.
    Geno’s most important statements above are that the Coaches need to do a better job of getting her shots.
    KML when rubbing off screens was perfection, rebounding put backs she scored, foul line jumper
    Geno you have 8 other players on that team that should have put together 7 point more.
    If KML gets more shots, maybe Stewie or Tuck will be open under the basket

    1. Mercy Me

      To: Village idiot

      You missed Geno’s point about KML getting thirty-three; he want’s her to be more selfish is all. He in no way was knocking her end product.

      The thing is that Geno’s philosophy is that movement without the ball creates shots. And it does, except when the other team clogs up the middle. You can’t get through there and so you are limited to running aroundd the perimiter. Not very efficient and missing any cohesion.

      Geno needs to use more picks and screens to create shots for KML. This is especially need in games such as Baylor, Syracuse, etc.

      1. Mare A Lee

        Both Notre Dame and Baylor, with pretty smart coaches, guarded tightly and knew the moves of Faris, Kaleena and Dolson. Griner, for most of the game clogged the middle.
        Muffet and Mulkey know the limitations of Uconn’s freshmens. Mulkeys kids played with Mo Jeff for years in AAU, Jefferson was on the same AAU team with Griner.
        Geno and coaches need to find some way to get to the basket against ND. And a way to get 10 ft or open 3s (for KML and Kelly). As has been said often: Live by the 3 Die by the 3. Uconn died by the turnovers–against ND and BU. Is it too late to teach these Dogs new tricks??

      2. BLAH BLAH BLAH

        ANYONE CAN STAND ON THE SIDELINE AND WAVE THEIR INDEX FINGER IN A CIRCLE. THATS WHAT GENO DOES EVERY GAME. UCONN IS OVERPAYING HIM 10X. GENO DOES NOT COACH. HE JUST TELLS HIS PLAYERS TO KEEP MOVING AND RUN QUICKLY. THE GENIUS COACHING TACTIC WORKS AGAINST THE GARBAGE TEAMS THAT MAKE UP FOR 99.9% OF WCBB. BUT ACTUAL COACHING IS NEEDED FOR BAYLOR AND NOTRE DAME. INSTEAD OF ACCEPTING BLAME FOR LOUSY COACHING GENO JUST BLAMES EVERYONE.

        1. John Singkit

          Have you ever seen John Wooden during a game? He simply let his players play, hardly coached, seldom called time outs, etc. He often said that all his coaching is done during the preparation before the game. When the game is on, it is up to the players to get it done. If they lost, he didn’t prepare them well enough.

          GA coaches more during the game; he even calls time outs. But coaching as if the team is composed of robots is not his style.

        2. Mercy Me

          You are right on Geno is an idiot how like Pat summitt blames her players for her mistakes/ he blames his players for his mistakes.
          I am thrilled to be among such basketball experts–NOT!!!!!

          Overpaid, backside slapping, outcoached, out thought, out practice, out recruited, but no one screams more than he does of nothing–

  3. Toby X Kimball

    Coach Greer would have been using his entire team to score, rather then rely on one player. A one trick pony is an easier pony to coral.
    Geno highly touted his new Freshman class. He touted his seniors and praised their good play loudly.
    Now it appears he is putting the onus on Kaleena for the loss of the game.
    Coach Greer would tell you, the loss of the game began happening in practice.
    Putting things in perspective; Two losses in any year by a Division one team,most can only pray for.
    Motivation is wonderful when applied properly, with positive comments applied liberally.

    1. BLAH BLAH BLAH

      GENO IS LAZY AND ALWAYS THROWS PLAYERS UNDER BUS. GENO IS BASICALLY SAY HE DOES NOT WANT BRIA, DOTY, AND STEW TO SHOOT. HOPE THEY WALK OFF THE TEAM AND TELL HIM WHERE TO GO.

      1. Steve Gee

        Really?
        He doesn’t want Hartley to shoot?
        You say that even though he’s on record, very publicly, encouraging to SHOOT MORE?

        We get it.
        You don’t like Auriemma.
        We get it.

        I’m sure you could make your “point” without blatantly making things up? Right?

  4. BLAH BLAH BLAH

    GREAT. GENO DID NOT LEARN DURING MAYAS SENIOR. EVERYONE STOOD AROUND AND WATCHED HER SHOOT. AND UCONN LOST IN THE FINAL FOUR.

  5. trouttime

    Uconn was Lucky to make it to her/Maya’s last final four- U conn was so thin, 6 players, Lorin dixon was the 6th. Freshman Pont Guard Hartley that was not a pure point guard and a freshman center that was not a spec of her current self-Dolson. We out coached Georgetown and were lucky to make it out of the regionals. the highest winningest % coach in College basketball and all of a sudden, a 1 point loss to N Dame, and losing to a Great team, with an athlete that for some reason turned down the Olympics,and totally changes the game of basketball and geno is going under the bus—- wow. You think we will be better off without him – we’ll see- we are a much better team in my opinion today than we were Maya’s last two years. More experienced, and our talented bench has to respond. Brianna Banks would have helped take an edge off that Baylor game. Stokes and Stewart have to get going, and Tuck and Jefferson are starting to impact. We will beat ND at the end of the season,and I bet we win the National championship this year!!!! Even though I agree Baylor is favorite- I think we are going to do it-

  6. nhntc47

    You don’t have to put down someone to praise someone else. It’s ridiculous to say who’s the best. But it’s safe to say that there’s no player like DT. She’s talented, of course, and fearless. Even when a freshman, she never played scared. She always had the I’ll-kick-your-butts attitude. She did something no one else could: as a junior she led her team which consisted of a bunch of underclassmen to a national championship. Not only her players, but fans always felt like Uconn would win with Diana on the court. Pat Summit once remarked that you’d never out of a game if you had a Diana Taurasi. No Uconn should bad mouth DT.

  7. Fairfield County Fan

    Geno did not put down Kaleens’s game; he challenged her to set her goals higher, to expect more of herself. Why? – because he knows she has it in her, that she is capable of more. That is why elite players choose UCONN – they know Geno will push them to be the best they can be. I am sure Kaleena wants and expects that from her coach….. reminds me of that quote (Wooden? Lombardi?) Geno used: Perfection is unattainable, but if you shoot for perfection you will achieve excellence (paraphrasing). That is what he wants for his players, and he has a pretty good track record of helping them achieve it.

  8. Hip Hop Hood

    I agree with Geno. Asking MKL to lose 50 pounds is not a lot for her given her total weight.

  9. TomG

    Hey Dip Flop, Your kidding right! If she lost 50 pounds she would be a 100 pound nothing. Her size is her biggest strength.

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