By JOHN ALTAVILLA, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hartford Courant
11:10 PM EST, January 9, 2013
No UConn player has suffered so many different physical traumas this season as Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. She has already dealt with concussion, knee bruises and ankle issues, the last of which occurred Saturday when she twisted her right ankle during the loss to Notre Dame.
"I have never hurt this much in my entire career," she said. "It's incredible to have all these things happen in such a short span of time. I feel like I need to look at it in a good way, as if it means I won't be getting hurt anymore. Maybe I have gotten it all out of the way now. Or maybe I just need to work through it.
"This is no time to be hurt. People try to tell me it's not a bad time to be hurt; it's only January, better than March. But I need to be healthy now, so I can be as good as I want to be in March."
Geno Auriemma believes that the misfortune she has endured has helped her grow up quickly.
"Last year at this time, we would have had to fly her to Walter Reed Hospital [in Washington]," Auriemma said. "When you are young, every little thing is a big thing. But the other day [against Notre Dame] she pretty much said 'I am not coming out of the game.' And that happened in Oregon [Dec. 31] when she got hit in the face. I took her out and she asked me why.
"Here's a kid that in the past would allow things to bother her. Now she takes the attitude that she is never coming out. So I told her, 'Well, if you don't foul [out], you are never coming out [of the game].' "
Ironically, Mosqueda-Lewis picked up three early fouls in Wednesday's 75-48 win over Georgetown and played just four minutes in the first half. But she played 19 in the second half and ended with nine points.
Tuck Out Again
Auriemma's desire to have his entire team together for the first time this season was spoiled Wednesday morning when freshman Morgan Tuck had to be scratched because of a recurrence of right knee trouble. Tuck had missed two games with a bruised right knee before returning for a three-minute cameo at Stanford Dec. 29. The Huskies are already listing her as questionable for Saturday's Marquette game. … UConn attempted a program-record 41 three-pointers, 22 in the second half. They made 12.
Taurasi Honored Again
Diana Taurasi has been chosen USA Basketball's female athlete of the year. The former UConn All-American helped lead Geno Auriemma's 2012 Olympic team to gold in London.
Taurasi averaged 12.4 points to lead the team. She has won the award three times (2006 and 2010) matching Lisa Leslie. Only Teresa Edwards has won the award more times with four. Taurasi shot 46 percent from the field and 96 percent from the free-throw line.
Auriemma said in a statement Wednesday that Taurasi was "spectacular as a leader on and off the court. .. I am constantly amazed by her will to win, her drive and how much she makes everyone around her better." LeBron James was the USA Basketball male athlete of the year. … Rebecca Lobo, Muffett McGraw, Sylvia Hatchell, Dawn Staley and Kim Mulkey are among the women's basketball notables nominated for induction to the 2013 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Moore's Olympic Ring Stolen
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that Maya Moore's Olympic gold medal ring, reported stolen from her home in Georgia in December, was sold to an Atlanta jeweler for $144. The jeweler reported the sale to police, who arrested a 19-year-old Atlanta man on Dec. 14. The ring will likely be returned to Moore, according to the report. … Freshman Moriah Jefferson has nine points, seven steals and six rebounds in 27 minutes.