Mosqueda-Lewis may return today

Bria Hartley of UConn drives to the basket in a game against South Florida on Feb. 16 at Tampa, Fla.
Bria Hartley of UConn drives to the basket in a game against South Florida on Feb. 16 at Tampa, Fla. Chris O'Meara/AP photo

Storrs - It has become a day awash in twinges of sentiment, recollection and finality. But Senior Day for the UConn women has the potential to be joyous today.

That's because after saying goodbye to seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, the Huskies may say hello again to All-America junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who has missed the last four games with mononucleosis.

Mosqueda-Lewis, one of the country's best three-point shooters, might play against Rutgers (4 p.m., CBS Sports Network) if she's spry enough after Friday's practice and today's shootaround.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma said on Valentine's Day that Mosqueda-Lewis could miss three to six weeks. She practiced Thursday at Gampel Pavilion.

"She was a little winded, as you can imagine," Auriemma said. "The tricky thing with mono is that by the time doctors find out you have it, there's no way to tell how long. It's been about three weeks, so when they say three to six weeks, I guess they mean it."

Mosqueda-Lewis said hasn't engaged in any physical activity in two weeks.

It's been a difficult season for her, already the victim of a hard fall during a November game against Stanford. She sustained an elbow injury which forced her to miss eight games.

Mosqueda-Lewis' return would come the same day as when the crowd salutes two memorable seniors who have contributed to a national championship. Hartley, a guard from North Babylon, N.Y., averages 15.5 points per game. Dolson, a center from Port Jervis, N.Y., averages 12.9 points and leads UConn with 9.1 rebounds per game.

Dolson and Hartley are two potential first-round draft picks for the upcoming WNBA draft.

• MetroCast subscribers, as well as other fans who cannot attend the game can watch the Senior Day ceremony on uconnhuskies.com for free beginning at 3:42 p.m. The game, however, will not be streamed.

CBS Sports Network is not available on MetroCast.

ESPN, CBS Sports Network and SNY share the current UConn women's television package. CBS Sports Network has televised two games against South Florida this season and will televise today's game.

m.dimauro@theday.com

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