Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 15 of her 20 points in just 14 first-half minutes, making 6 of 7 from the floor with two three-pointers. Mosqueda-Lewis was really into it.
In the second half, UConn leading by 50-something, she flew over press row after a loose ball, knocking over former Courant sportswriter, Ken Davis, and his Diet Coke. His his 35 years in the business, he said it was the first time a basketball player had ever floored him like that.
“It’s just one of those things coach tries to instill in us in practice,” said Mosqueda-Lewis. “Whatever you do in practice, you do in games. It doesn’t matter who we are playing.”
Davis, covering the event for the Associated Press, was fine. His chair was not. It was carried away to wherever UConn takes mangled furniture.
“I thought I could get to the ball and save it [from going out of bounds],” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “I thought I had tipped the ball, which is why I was trying to get to it. But once my momentum was established, I just had to go with it.
“It was lucky that I fell on someone. Unfortunate for him [Davis], but lucky for me. The table would have hurt.”
“My first reaction was that I knew Kaleena had gotten stronger,” Geno Auriemma said. “At first, I thought she had hit some skinny guy, like Jim Fuller [of the New Haven Register]. But when I saw it was Ken Davis, I said, “Holy Cow” She must have gotten strong as hell.
“I expected Kenny to put up more of a fight. But you made a comeback [Auriemma said to Davis]. I like that. You got right up.”