UNCASVILLE, CONN. - The mood was light after UConn's obliteration of Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis were joking around as they entered the post-game press conference.
"This is the closest team I have been on - both on and off the court - during my time at Connecticut," Mosqueda-Lewis said.
Stewart was nudging Mosqueda-Lewis while answering the question. Geno Auriemma said he was too old to pay attention if the team was close or not. However, he looked at the box score and said that his team passes the ball well and that there is not a dominant personality on the team.
But there was a lot of joking around.
Six Huskies were in double figures in the victory, led by senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. Junior Breanna Stewart added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the victory, while junior Moriah Jefferson tallied 12 points and dished out nine assists. Gabby Williams scored 12 and Kia Nurse had 10 points.
Mosqueda-Lewis led the Huskies with 18 points, making four out of nine three-pointers. She is closing in on the NCAA career record for three-pointers made, sitting at 375, 17 away from the record.
Auriemma joked that if she made her shots today she would have broken the record, while noting that ultimately these types of records are not all that meaningful.
"In baseball records mean something, but in basketball and football it is about the number of championships you win," he said. "If you break records along the way, then that is great."
He went on to say that his team is not selfish. They had 26 assists on 37 made field goals. They may only touch the ball for five minutes the entire game. If one player took over and took all the shots, then they would not be successful as a team.
Defensively, the Huskies held the Bearcats to 25.5% shooting and grabbed an astounding 50 rebounds to Cincinnati's 25.
The Huskies will take on East Carolina at 5:30pm on Sunday in the American Semifinals at Mohegan Sun Arena.