UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis out 3-6 weeks
STORRS, Conn. (AP)
All-American forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will miss three to six weeks for No. 1 Connecticut because of mononucleosis.
The school announced her absence on Friday, leaving the unbeaten Huskies with just eight healthy players.
The junior is averaging 12 points and almost five rebounds for UConn. She already missed eight games earlier this season with a nerve contusion on her right elbow.
''At least with my arm, I could run, I could be on the bike, I could do some activity,'' Mosqueda-Lewis said after practice Friday. ''With this, I can't do anything at all and it just sucks.''
Coach Geno Auriemma said Mosqueda-Lewis began noticing something was wrong a week ago. She played against Louisville and scored 13 points, despite leaving the game for treatment after falling hard on her left elbow.
She has not practiced since and received the diagnosis this week, Auriemma said.
The Huskies started the season with an 11-player roster and just nine scholarship players after enrolling a recruiting class of one - guard Saniya Chong. Auriemma doesn't always field a full roster of 15 players, recruiting only those he feels fit the program.
That roster has dwindled due to injury. Forward Morgan Tuck is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery last month.
Guard Brianna Banks has missed three of the past five games with an injured ankle, but practiced on Friday. The Huskies (25-0, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) visit South Florida on Sunday.
If Banks can't play, the Huskies would have just six scholarship players in uniform.
Auriemma said the team's depth has become a major concern in running practice, and he worries that foul-trouble may become an issue in some games.
''But in terms of our ability to win games, that hasn't changed,'' he said. ''There's not anybody on our staff and there's nobody on our team that feels this is going to have any effect on our ability to win games.''