Huskies hope to stay hot at USF

By Carl Adamec

TAMPA, Fla. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis felt at home, some 2,000 miles from her native Anaheim Hills, California, and about 1,000 miles from her apartment at the University of Connecticut.

“Eighty degrees? Now that’s more like it,” Mosqueda-Lewis said with a smile.

For the third time in about three months, the Huskies have made their way to Florida. Sunny skies have greeted them each trip.

But this isn’t vacation. Top-ranked UConn closes out the regular season Monday night against South Florida in an American Athletic Conference game at the Sun Dome.
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UConn men: Purvis explodes

John F. Silver

HARTFORD, Conn. — It was an innocuous quote from the affable Kevin Ollie came at the end of an interview session around this time last year. 

How does Rodney Purvis look?

Ollie, who has a penchant for memorable metaphors, said having Purvis in practice and unable to play was like having a “Ferrari in the garage.”

It was a simple quote. It was meant to convey that Purvis is talented and his ability was something Ollie wanted to use last year but couldn’t.  It made sense. It was blown out of proportion.

Since that comment, UConn fans, media, and just about anyone who watches basketball, has wanted to see the Ferrari in action. The sports car is exciting and powerful and everyone expected Purvis to be the same too.

The expectations were high.

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Recap: UConn 81 – SMU 73

Recap: UConn picked up its biggest win of the season beating No. 21 SMU 81-73 on Sunday afternoon at the XL Center in Hartford.

Need to Know: Rodney Purvis exploded for a career-high 28 points as he was the best player on the floor for the Huskies. Purvis and Daniel Hamilton scored all the points during a crucial second half run that turned a SMU 53-51 lead to a 66-57 lead thanks to a 15-4 run with 4:14 left. Hamilton, who was having a below average of game until the last 10 minutes, finished with 16 points, 14 in the second half. Ryan Boatright had another stellar game in matchup of AAC player of the year candidates with 23 points on 11 shots. The Huskies made life difficult for SMU’s Nic Moore, who had 9 points on 3-of-13 shooting. The Huskies, 17-11, 10-6 in conference, beat SMU after getting blow out less than a month ago by this same Mustangs team in Dallas. SMU (23-5, 14-3) had its five-game winning streak snapped with the loss. The Huskies end the season with Memphis on Thursday and at Temple on Saturday.

Links: Box score | Recap

Next up: The Huskies will take on Memphis at home on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Gampel Pavilion, the final home game of the season.

KML honored to be on Gampel Pavilion wall

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — It didn’t take long for Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to notice Maya Moore’s name and number on the Gampel Pavilion wall in the Huskies of Honor when she arrived at the University of Connecticut for her first summer session in 2011.

Moore’s sensational career with the Huskies had ended just a couple months earlier and Mosqueda-Lewis was the new owner of No. 23.

“I looked at the 23, Mosqueda-Lewis said, “and I was like, ‘Dang, does that mean that I can’t go up there anymore? Like there is only one spot and she took it?’ I saw all the great players that came before me, and the great players who left their legacies here and I asked myself if I wanted to be part of that.”
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Preview: SMU at UConn, 1 p.m.

UConn faces SMU today at the XL Center at 2 p.m.

UConn faces SMU today at the XL Center at 2 p.m.

UConn will take on first place Southern Methodist University at 2 p.m. on CBS.

John F. Silver

The week of reckoning is at hand for the UConn men’s basketball team.

UConn hosts SMU, a team that it is 0-3 against including a 70-55 blowout loss earlier this season, on Sunday at the XL Center. SMU is the best team in the American, 23-5 ,and after last season’s shocking snub of the NCAAs, firmly in the tournament this year.

The Huskies?

UConn is 16-11 9-6 in conference with three games left and an RPI of 76. That’s not going to get it done for the NCAAs.

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GEICO SportsNite: UConn Women Senior Day

Geno Auriemma joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the big role seniors Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kia Nurse have played for the team.

KML, Stokes hit milestones in Senior Day win

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — The suspense ended early Saturday.

It took 1:14 for Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to reach the 2,000-point plateau and another 3:56 for classmate Kiah Stokes to record her 300th career blocked shot.

The rest of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team did its part as well. The No. 1 Huskies clinched their second straight outright American Athletic Conference regular season title by routing Memphis 87-24 on Senior Day at sold-out Gampel Pavilion.
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