The top ranked UConn women's team passed its first big test of the season last night, beating No. 3 Stanford 76-57 at Gampel Pavilion, but while the team played well against one a likely Final Four contender, the win may have come at a high price.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis suffered an ugly looking arm injury early in the second half after she landed on it awkwardly under the basket. She immediately cried out in pain, and multiple players said after the game that it was extremely unsettling to hear her reaction. Mosqueda-Lewis was immediately taken to the locker room, and at this point the extent of her injury is unknown. We can only hope that it's not as serious as it looked and sounded.
While losing Mosqueda-Lewis would obviously be a huge blow to the Huskies – she was a preseason All-American and probably the best three-point shooter in the country – the team did step up and beat one of the nation's best teams without her. Bria Hartley scored 20 points, Kiah Stokes had 10 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, Morgan Tuck had 11 points and Breanna Stewart added nine despite being limited due to early foul trouble.
"I think anybody watching this game would have seen a team coming together," Stokes told the Hartford Courant after the game.
With Baylor and Notre Dame weakened by the losses of Brittany Griner and Skyler Diggins to the WNBA, Stanford figures to be one of toughest obstacles standing between UConn and a ninth national championship. The Cardinal still has Chiney Ogwumike, the likely No. 1 pick in next year's draft, and she had a solid game with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Amber Orrange led the Cardinal with 22 points, but outside of her and Ogwumike, the rest of the Stanford roster didn't contribute anything meaningful.
With the win, UConn improves to 2-0 on the season, having opened the season with a dominant 89-34 win over Hartford this past Saturday. UConn has now beaten Stanford in six of seven meetings, and the Huskies will be back in action this Friday when they head to College Park to face Maryland.