Kaleena Mosquedo-Lewis is in her sophomore year as a Forward for the UConn Huskies. She started playing basketball in the third grade. It was one of many sports her dad enrolled her in. "Around seventh grade I realized that I was putting a lot of time into it, and I was pretty good at it so I might as well stick with it."
Kaleena knew that UConn was the school she wanted to go to. "I didn't take any other official visits. I committed to UConn in my junior year of high school. When I got here on campus I felt the family atmosphere, and I knew the great history that UConn has in developing great players."
The transition from high school to college was hard. "I knew it was going to be hard but I never expected it to be as hard as it actually is. It's a lot more physical, it's faster paced, you have to be in shape for this kind of basketball at this level but it is as great as I thought it would be, and all the work we've done is worth it."
Kaleena's best basketball memory to date is winning the Nike Tournament of Champions beating the number one St. Mary's during her junior year at Mater Dei High School. "We had a lot of players on our team that went to Division I colleges so we had a lot of good players on the team."
Some of the things Kaleena have learned since being a member of the UConn team she's already been applying. "I've learned to keep moving when I don't have the ball. I can pass it, make a cut or set a screen for somebody. You can't just stand around when you're not in the play."
When asked if preparation for a big game is different than any other game Kaleena said, "No, we prepare for every game the same way. We like to look at each game as it is about us, about the way we play instead of about the way our opponent plays."
When asked what makes Coach Auriemma happy Kaleena said, "Perfection, Coach really wants us to know how to play smart, to play hard, and if you can do those two things, you can have fun at the same time."
Final Four bound: "It's going to be more of a group effort this year. Everybody's got to contribute in some way. We need to stay consistent, play hard, and do what we have to, and we'll be pretty well off."