Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Stefanie Dolson were resolute when deciding to wear two of the most iconic numbers in UConn women’s basketball history.
Dolson took Tina Charles’ 31 and Mosqueda-Lewis grabbed Maya Moore’s 23, not because of the challenge it represented, but for the comfort wearing their high school numbers provided.
“I had to put my own stamp on that number,” Dolson said.
Saturday, the efforts Dolson and Mosqueda-Lewis have made to represent that legacy was confirmed when they were selected to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association/State Farm All-America Team.
This means both players will forever be honored on the Huskies Wall of Honor in Gampel Pavilion.
Dolson and Mosqueda-Lewis are the 16th and 17th Huskies to be honored by WBCA. It’s the eighth time UConn has had multiple players named WBCA All-Americans and first time since 2009-10 when Maya Moore and Tina Charles were chosen.
“I think the walk [to center court after her introduction] might have felt like the longest walk I have ever made in my life,” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “It’s an awesome feeling. I could have never imagined how good it would feel. It was cool and to rise to this level is just a great feeling.”
Mosqueda-Lewis is only the fifth UConn sophomore named to the team along with Svetlana Abrosimova (1998-99), Diana Taurasi (2001-02), Moore (2008-09) and Bria Hartley (2011-12). Moore was also selected to the team during her freshman campaign.
Dolson and Mosqueda-Lewis were named to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-America Team. They were the 12th and 13th Huskies all-time to earn a spot on the USBWA All-America Team
Mosqueda-Lewis was recently honored as a Second Team All-American by the Associated Press and named to the Bridgeport All-Region Team. She leads the Huskies with 17.7 points per game and is shooting 48.9 percent from three, which leads the nation. Her 112 made 3-pointers this season is now UConn’s all-time single-season high.
“The only plan I’ve had was to plan to progress every year,” Mosqueda-Lewis said.
Dolson leads the team at 7.2 rebounds per game and is second with 13.8 points. She is second on the team with 51 blocks and was an AP Third Team All-American.
“I am so happy,” Dolson said. “But we can tell when you look at my smile. I’ve come so far and worked so hard to the reward. It’s an award that no one wants to admit they want; but that’s why you work so hard as an individual.”
Connecticut has had a representative on the State Farm All-America in each season since 2007-08.