Geno Auriemma spent much time since the Baylor loss Monday discussing how much more sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis can do offensively for No. 3 UConn.
On Senior Day Saturday, she did her best to comply, scoring 18 points to become the 37th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
Mosqueda-Lewis, the team’s leading scorer and second nationally in three-point shooting percentage (49.3) took 14 shots to score 26 points in 76-70 Baylor loss. And that encompassed a 13-minute stretch in which she did not take a shot.
She took just eight shots in 27 minutes on Saturday. But that’s all she needed. She had 16 points in the first half.
“Those first five minutes she was on the floor today [she had three three-pointers],” Auriemma said. “Not everyone can do that.”
Auriemma wants Mosqueda-Lewis to take every shot she can get.
“Why shouldn’t someone like Kaleena strive to score 40? Sometimes, that’s what you need,” Auriemma said. “She only had 26 the other night. She needed 33. That’s the bottom line, even though I realize some of the other players should have scored more, too. But ig Kaleena had 33 we wouldn’t be talking about this anymore.”
Senior Kelly Faris, who made her 103rd straight start Saturday, also scored her 1,000th point, the last two of her 18 on a driving layup with 6:20 to play. Stefanie Dolson became the first UConn player to do it this season on Jan. 19.
Faris added three rebounds (731), seven assists (500) and seven steals (271) in the effort to join Maya Moore as the only UConn players to score at least 1,000 points, with at least 750 rebounds, 500 assists and 250 steals.
Only once in UConn history have two players scored their 1,000th point in the same game. Carla Berube and Nykesha Sales did so Nov. 18, 1998 against Western Kentucky at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion.