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As we’ve been reporting all day, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn’s All-American junior, will miss at least three weeks, perhaps as many as six weeks, because of mononucleosis.
“Sometimes unusual things happen,” Geno Auriemma said. “And that’s been happening with us. It’s one thing after another. It does get a little frustrating, but mostly because of what we can’t do in practice. … But in terms of our ability to win games, that hasn’t changed. There’s no one on our team or our staff that feels like this [her illness] will have an impact on winning games].”
The illness was detected earlier this week, after she injured left elbow late in the first half of UConn’s win over Louisville on Sunday. On Feb. 7, she reported feeling a little achy to the coaching and training staff and was tested for mono, strep throat and the flu.
“I thought I had a cold,” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “I just wanted some medication for congestion and my throat kind of hurt … Negative for the flu, negative for strep throat. But mono came up positive and that was not something I ever anticipated. … It’s been one hit after the next.”
After missing eight games earlier this season with a compressed nerve in her right elbow, the latest elbow injury didn’t prove serious – she played seven minutes in the second half against the Cardinals. But mono has the capability of surpasses anyone’s original fears about how her elbow might impact her playing time.
Mononucleosis, which usually presents itself symptomatically through fatigue, requires rest, which means her physical activity will be limited while convalescing. Once she feels well enough to return, she will face a longer period regaining her stamina.
“But until then, she will do nothing [physically],” Auriemma said.
That includes traveling to Sunday’s game at South Florida. Mosqueda-Lewis is staying home.
“Hopefully, I will feel better in two weeks [when she will be tested again],” Mosqueda-Lewis said. “If everything is OK with my spleen … I just want to get back out there. I was finally starting to get the ball rolling again. … I guess I’ll just continue to try and work on getting my 3.0 [GPA in the spring]. … They don’t want be doing much of anything for two weeks, just to be safe. … I’ve never, ever not traveled [to a game] with my team, not in college, not in high school.”

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