ALBANY, N.Y. — There wasn’t any doubt that Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was going to break the all-time record for most 3-pointers made heading into the NCAA tournament.
It was just a matter of when.
The special moment came for Mosqueda-Lewis in the Elite Eight on Monday night, as UConn defeated No. 7 Dayton 91-70 to reach the programs eighth straight Final Four.
Mosqueda-Lewis cashed in seven threes on Monday night and finished with a team-high 27 points (9 of 18 shooting, 7 of 10 from three). She now sits alone at the top of the record books with 394 made threes.
Coming into the game she needed just four threes to break the record of 392 that was previously held by Kansas State’s Laurie Kohn and UT Martin’s Heather Butler.
“I don’t remember the moment itself, but I remember the moment of knocking in a couple and knowing, ‘OK I’m done, I’m finished and now we can just focus on playing and being with my team.’”
The moment for Mosqueda-Lewis came in the second half with UConn ahead by 10 points. The Huskies had just notched its first double-digit lead two possessions earlier and they was trying to fend off a gritty Dayton team determined to keep its magical run through the tournament going.
UConn (36-1) called on its senior to give them some separation.
The senior from Anaheim Hills, California trailed the play, as she often does, and patiently waited. She picked her spot behind the line and waited for the ball to be delivered. Moriah Jefferson led the fast break, and within seconds she found herself blocked by two Dayton defenders in the opposing paint. With nowhere to go, she knew where to go with the ball.
Jefferson kicked the ball out to Mosqueda-Lewis, who caught the ball, and without hesitation, fired a three. Perfect form. Perfect stroke. Swish. She had the record.
Her 3-pointer put the Huskies up 62-49, and the Huskies were able to control the rest of the game.
“It made it that much more special, just that atmosphere that it was in and the kind of game that it was tonight,” Mosqueda-Lewis said.