KML becomes Huskies’ senior citizen

By Carl Adamec

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis looked up to others in her first three years with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. And she played a key role in helping Kelly Faris and Caroline Doty in 2013 and Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson a season ago attain perfect endings to their college careers.

Now the Anaheim Hills, Calif., native hopes it’s her turn to go in style and she understands her teammates will be looking to her.

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No better feeling for Samuelson than winning gold

By Carl Adamec

When Katie Lou Samuelson’s travel bag was lost on the United States national team’s journey from France to the Czech Republic for the FIBA U-17 world championships, she had to wonder what could go wrong next.

Samuelson had already missed Team USA’s tune-up tournament in France due to tonsillitis, which hit her on the trip to Europe from Colorado Springs. She lost 10 pounds and was in bed for four days with a fever and was unable to eat.
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Cox, USA U-17s edge Spain for gold medal

By Carl Adamec

Lauren Cox has been a defensive presence for the United States national team throughout the FIBA U-17 world championships.

The 6-foot-4 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, added her offense Sunday to go with her rebounding and her ability to block shots in the gold-medal game. And Team USA needed all of it.

Cox had 20 points, 12 rebounds, and eight blocked shots, and Asia Durr sank two free throws with 7.1 seconds left as Team USA survived a 40-point performance by Angela Salvadores to defeat Spain 77-75 in the final game in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
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USA’s Cox doesn’t let diabetes get her down

By Carl Adamec

Lauren Cox has a little different routine than the remainder of her teammates on the United States U-17 national team.

Prior to a game, at halftime, and after a game, the 6-foot-4 forward from Flower Mound, Texas, tests to check her blood sugar level.

She is a Type 1 diabetic, having been diagnosed when she was in second grade.

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Samuelson leads USA U-17s into gold-medal game

By Carl Adamec

Katie Lou Samuelson scored 18 of her 25 points in the first quarter as the United States national team defeated Hungary 91-63 Saturday in a semifinal game of the FIBA U-17 world championships in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Team USA (6-0) will face Spain in Sunday’s gold-medal game at 2:15 p.m. (EDT). Spain defeated the host Czech Republic in Saturday’s first semifinal 73-41.

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USA U-17s rout Canada for semifinal berth

By Carl Adamec

At least Canada knows now that Katie Lou Samuelson is human.

Samuelson was 8-for-8 from 3-point land when the United States and Canadian national teams met in the 2013 FIBA Americas U-16 tournament gold-medal game. The UConn commit hit her first four shots overall and her first two from behind the arc Friday in the FIBA U-17 world championships before finally missing late in the first half.

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AAC’s Donehew named WBCA executive director

By Carl Adamec

One of the best things American Athletic Conference women’s basketball had going for it was having Danielle Donehew in a position of power as an associate commissioner.

But Donehew will be moving on as she has been named the executive director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. She replaces CEO Beth Bass and will assume her duties Aug. 1.

“I think Danielle Donehew is a tremendous person,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “She is very bright and thorough and has done a remarkable job for our conference. I have really enjoyed working with her and all my interactions with her.

“I know this is a big responsibility with the WBCA and comes during a very challenging time for our organization. But I think the WBCA made a great choice and I think Danielle will do a tremendous job brining a lot of people together to help move our organization forward.”

Here is Wednesday’s press release from the WBCA.

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UConn on Boley’s list of seven schools

By Carl Adamec

Erin Boley said at the USA Basketball U-17 trials in May she would come up with a short list of colleges by the end of the summer.

She got it done by Independence Day.

Boley, a 6-foot-2 forward from Hodgenville, Ky., and rated as the No. 8 recruit in the Class of 2016 by ESPN HoopGurlz, is considering seven schools, her mother Mary Beth confirmed. They are Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisville, Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
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