Mosqueda-Lewis: Pain Leads To Gain

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No UConn player has suffered so many physical traumas this season as Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. She has already dealt with concussion, knee bruises and ankle issues, the last of which occurred Saturday when her right foot was twisted and fallen upon during the loss to Notre Dame.

“I have never hurt this must in my entire career,” she said. “It’s incredible to have all these things happen in such a short span of time. I feel like I need to look at it in a good way, as if it means I won’t be getting hurt anymore. Maybe I have gotten it all out of the way now. Or maybe I just need to work through it.

“This is no time to be hurt. People try to tell me it’s not a bad time to be hurt; it’s only January, better than March. But I need to be healthy now, so I can be as good as I want to be in March.”

Geno Auriemma believes that the misfortune she has endured has helped her grow up quickly.

“Last year at this time, we would had to fly her to Walter Reed Hospital [in Washington],” Auriemma said. “When you are young, every little thing is a big thing. But the other day [against Notre Dame] she pretty much said ‘I am not coming out of the game.’ And that happened too in Oregon [Dec. 31] when she got hit in the face. I took her out and she asked me why.

“Here’s a kid that in the past would allow things to bother her. Now she takes the attitude that she is never coming out. So I told her, ‘Well, if you don’t foul, you are never coming out [of the game].”

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5 thoughts on “Mosqueda-Lewis: Pain Leads To Gain

  1. Master Mind

    Kaleena M. Lewis is the scoring center for UConn. I am proud of her playing through pain. It takes a lot of guts. Too many early injuries for one year.
    Hartley must be hurting or she’d have played more in Oregon and with ND.
    At this point with G Town and a few other’s who are not that full of talent–it’s good to sit those hurting down, practice them gently.
    Best of luck and wishes for good full recovery however long it may take.

  2. Village Idiot

    Last year KML was a Woose in the first ND game. She grew up quickly after that–she hasn’t been given much credit for that until now.
    Thank you Geno for recognizing a kid with heart, soul and guts–Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis.

    But the biggest tribute to her was ” unless she fouls out she’s not coming out until she wants to” WOW is that big coming from Geno. Trust and respect from Geno..

  3. Geno Overrated


  4. jon

    Geno Overrated! Dude if you are one, you need to chill a little. If you are a fan of the team, your comment will not effect anyone positively! If you are not a fan, why are you wasting my time and that of everyone else? Go take a long run….

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