Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, one of the nation’s premier three-point shooters, was brilliant again, scoring 22 points in 23 minutes. She was 8 of 10 from the field, 5 of 6 from three-point range.
“I don’t know how you could be any better,” Geno Auriemma said. “We know that she can blow the game open in any three-minute stretch. That’s how much confidence we have in her.”
Bria Hartley emerged from her offensive slump with 20 points, her most since scoring a season-high 21 points against Oakland on Dec. 19.
“It was a great feeling to finally be able to do something like that,” Hartley said.
It was only her sixth double-figure game for the reigning WBCA All-American since the Oakland game.
“She has been struggling and the more you struggle, the more it gets in your head,” Auriemma said. “And the more it gets into your head, the more your struggle. It’s a bad cycle to be in.”
Hartley said Mosqueda-Lewis predicted she’s have a big night.
“She had a good practice Monday and a good shootaround [Tuesday],” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “I said, ‘Bria, it’s time.’”
And that’s what Hartley did. She tied a career-high with five three pointers 9 (5 of 7) after shooting 0 for 7 from three Saturday at St. John’s.
“She [KML] predicted during the shoot-around that I would go 5 for 7 today,” Hartley said. “I told her I’d be happy if I just hit one.”