By Carl Adamec
STORRS, Conn. — Bria Hartley put her hands on her head and thought “not again.”
Coach Geno Auriemma stood still on the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s sideline and stared as athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle made her way onto the floor at Gampel Pavilion to attend to Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.
The Huskies’ junior All-American suffered a contusion of her left elbow with 18.7 seconds to go in the first half of No. 1 UConn’s 81-64 win over fourth-ranked Louisville as she fell after having her shot blocked. She was helped to the locker room but returned with 13:56 remaining, wearing a wrap on the elbow, and played seven second-half minutes.
Mosqueda-Lewis missed eight games in a five-week span after suffering a nerve contusion in the right elbow during the win over Stanford here Nov. 11.
“From what I have been able to see it is not as bad as what happened last time,” Auriemma said. “The doctor is looking at her right now. It’s in a similar spot, just a different elbow. We have a week off before we play again, so we’ll know more in a day or two. Right now, there is not that same sense of urgency with the injury that I saw the first time.
“She has to learn how to fall or something. We’ve got to put bubbles around our guy … We can’t afford to get anybody else hurt. It’s unbelievable.”
UConn (25-0 overall, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) had only seven scholarship players available Sunday as Brianna Banks (ankle) and Morgan Tuck (knee) were out.
Mosqueda-Lewis finished with 13 points, all in the first half. She missed her only shot of the second half.
“I think she was a little worried because she hurt it before,” Hartley said. “We have a couple of days off, so hopefully … She’s tough. So I think this one isn’t as bad as the last one so she’ll be good.”
UConn’s next game is this Sunday against South Florida at the Sun Dome in Tampa.