UConn Women Rewarded

This should come as no surprise to fans of the Connecticut women's basketball program, but freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis has been turning heads from coast-to-coast this season.

And now come the rewards from an outstanding debut.

Thursday was a big day for KML. When the Big East Conference handed out postseason honors, she walked away with the conference's Sixth Man award, and also was named to the All-Big East Second Team and the All-Freshman team.

Just to top it all off, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association named Mosqueda-Lewis to its national Freshman of the Year Watch List.

Mosqueda-Lewis, the 2011-12 Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year, has been honored as the league's Rookie of the Week eight times this year. She has come off the bench in 29 of UConn's 30 games. Joining Mosqueda-Lewis as finalists for the honor are Liz Donohoe (Oklahoma State), Bria Goss (Kentucky), Ariel Massengale (Tennessee) and Elizabeth Williams (Duke).

Two former Huskies, Tina Charles in 2006-07 and Maya Moore in 2007-08, have been named Freshman of the Year by the USBWA. The award originated in 2002-03.

Senior guard Tiffany Hayes and sophomore guard Bria Hartley were named to the All-Big East First Team, sophomore center Stefanie Dolson was an honorable mention selection and freshman center Kiah Stokes was selected to the Big East All-Freshman team.

Mosqueda-Lewis finished the regular season as the Huskies' second leading scorer at 14.4 points per game and established a new freshman record for made 3-point field goals with 75. Mosqueda-Lewis eclipsed the previous record of 73 set by Moore during the 2007-08 campaign.

The Anaheim Hills, Calif. native finished 12th in the Big East in scoring and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage. Both were tops among league freshmen.

Hayes is Connecticut's leading scorer with 15.9 points per game, second on the team in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and has the most steals with 71. Hayes leads the league in three-point shooting percentage with 46.5 and she is fifth in the conference in both scoring and steals.

Hartley, the 2010-11 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, has started all of UConn's 30 games and is third on the team in scoring with an average of 13.7 points. The North Babylon, N.Y. native is second on the squad in assists with 119 and fourth in the BIG EAST in assist/turnover ratio with 1.6. Hartley and Hayes were both selected to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Big East First Team.

Dolson, a member of the 2010-11 Big East All-Rookie team, leads the Huskies in rebounding with 5.9 per game and is averaging 9.9 points per game with a team-high 58 field goal percentage. Additionally, the center is 12th in the conference and second on the team in blocked shots with 36.

Stokes is averaging 4.7 ppg, 4.4 rpb and has a team-high 37 blocks. The freshman's 37 denials is seventh best in the BIG EAST. The BIG EAST will announce Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year on Friday at 5 p.m.

The Huskies will open the 2012 Big East Tournament on Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. UConn earned the No. 3 seed and will play the winner of No. 6 Rutgers versus No. 11 Cincinnati/No. 14 Marquette.


BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame, Gr., F

BIG EAST Sixth Man Award

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, Fr., F

BIG EAST Most Improved Player

Jasmine Wynne, USF, Sr., G

BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award Deanna Ortiz, DePaul, Sr., G Da'Shena Stevens, St. John's, Sr., F

All-BIG EAST First Team

Bria Hartley, Connecticut, So., G

Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut, Sr., G;

*Anna Martin, DePaul, Jr., G

Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Jr., G

Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, So., G;

*Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Jr., G

Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame, Sr., G

Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame, Gr., F

Khadijah Rushdan, Rutgers, R-Sr., G

Shenneika Smith, St. John's, Jr., G

Asya Bussie, West Virginia, Jr., C

All-BIG EAST Second Team

Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati, R-So., G

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, Fr., F

April Sykes, Rutgers, Sr., G/F

Nadirah McKenith, St. John's, Jr., G

Da'Shena Stevens, St. John's, Sr., F

Jasmine Crew, Seton Hall, Sr., G

Jasmine Wynne, USF, Sr., G

Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, Jr., C

Iasia Hemingway, Syracuse, Sr., F

Laura Sweeney, Villanova, Jr., F

BIG EAST Honorable Mention

Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut, So., C

Katherine Harry, DePaul, Jr., F

Tia Magee, Georgetown, Sr., F

Katherine Plouffe, Marquette, So., F

Monique Oliver, Rutgers, Jr., F/C

Christal Caldwell, West Virginia, R-So., G

BIG EAST All-Freshman Team

*Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, Fr., F

Kiah Stokes, Connecticut, Fr., C

*Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Fr., G

*Bria Smith, Louisville, Fr., G

Arlesia Morse, Marquette, Fr., G

*Brianna Kiesel, Pittsburgh, Fr., G

Betnijah Laney, Rutgers, Fr., G/F

Amber Thompson, St. John's, Fr., F

Lauren Burford, Villanova, R-Fr., F

Linda Stepney, West Virginia, Fr., G

*Unanimous selection

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