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No. 1 UConn women rout No. 3 Stanford 76-57

By Mike DiMauro

Publication: The Day

Published November 12. 2013 4:00AM
Jessica Hill/AP Photo
UConn's Bria Hartley (14) steals the ball from Stanford's Lili Thompson during the second half of Monday night's matchup of women's basketball powerhouses at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. The top-ranked Huskies defeated the No. 3 Cardinals 76-57.

Storrs - It was reminiscent, eerily so, of the night 16 years earlier when Shea Ralph crumbled under the same basket, the victim of a knee injury that ended her season. Gampel Pavilion fell silent that night in the NCAA tournament against Lehigh, save Ralph's piercing shrieks of pain.

And then came Monday night when Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, a junior for the UConn women, collided with Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, landing right arm first. Gampel Pavilion fell silent again, save Mosqueda-Lewis, who could be heard yelling "help me."

UConn coach Geno Auriemma didn't have a diagnosis for Mosqueda-Lewis, following his team's 76-57 victory. Mosqueda-Lewis was with her teammates after the game. Teammate Bria Hartley said Mosqueda-Lewis "seemed OK."

Auriemma: "They're going to keep evaluating her (Monday night) and (today). They don't really know anything right now. She landed with her palm on the floor. And then her arm bent and her elbow hit the floor. There's two separate things they're trying to find out."

Ogwumike: "I was trying to get defensive rebounding position. I had a post in front of me, a post behind me. I got pushed in the back and fell. I think Kaleena was behind me. I think it was her elbow. She's one of my closest friends. I wish the best for her."

Hartley: "It was kind of scary the way she reacted. I don't think I've ever experienced anything like that before. Me and Stef (Dolson) were kind of shaking. We were scared for her. Hopefully she'll be all right. She seems all right. She said when she hit the floor, it was most pain she ever had in her life."

And yet as Auriemma said after the game, aside from Mosqueda-Lewis' injury, the game couldn't have played better for the No. 1 Huskies, who weren't much threatened by the nation's No. 3 team.

Mosqueda-Lewis, Breanna Stewart and Dolson scored nine points apiece, understudies to Hartley, Morgan Tuck and Kiah Stokes, all of whom were magnificent.

Hartley: 20 points, six assists, looking plenty promising for WNBA scouts.

Tuck: 11 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

Stokes: 10 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks.

"Kiah played the best game she's ever played at Connecticut," Auriemma said. "She was really, really unbelievably good in just about every area.

"I hope that's the beginning of something. It changes our team tremendously. I don't know that we would have won the game without Kiah."

Freshman Saniya Chong finished with six points, hitting two 3-pointers early in the first half that gave the Huskies the early lead.

Amber Orrange led the Cardinal (1-1) with 22 points.

Ogwumike, perhaps the No. 1 pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft, finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

"I told our team it's not going to be harder. What other place are you going to go, what other team are you going to play? This is as hard as it gets," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "You've seen it, now what are we going to do about it?"


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