By Carl Adamec
Welcome to the XL Center in Hartford as the second-ranked University of Connecticut women’s basketball team plays host to Colgate.
The Huskies (5-0) have not trailed in a game since giving up the first basket of the season to College of Charleston on Nov. 11. Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will miss her first career game with a concussion suffered against Purdue in the final round of the Paradise Jam last Saturday.
With Mosqueda-Lewis out, UConn coach Geno Auriemma has made the easy call of inserting All-America junior guard Bria Hartley back into the starting lineup. But what happens if Mosqueda-Lewis is ready for Monday’s Jimmy V Classic against No. 11 Maryland Monday? What will the starting lineup be then?
“I haven’t really thought about it because I don’t have to,” Auriemma said Tuesday. “I would think that as soon as I get the word that Kaleena is ready to go at some point I’ll have to sit down with the other coaches and make a decision.
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that Bria Hartley is going to start, not that it matters because she did a great job coming off the bench (at the Paradise Jam). But you never like to see a kid lose anything because of an injury.”
Conventional wisdom may dictate that fifth-year senior Caroline Doty would make the move to the bench. But Doty, who will play in her 99th career game against the Red Raiders (2-3) Wednesday, has started all but one game -— 2010 Senior Day when the Huskies started their five seniors.
“Caroline is one of the few players in many years to have never come off the bench,” Auriemma said. “She’s had a great career except for the injuries. She’s been a starter since Day 1. That’s why I say it’s going to be interesting what happens.
“In my mind, we have six starters. We have six kids that deserve to start.”