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Five Huskies Earn BIG EAST Postseason Honors

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis earns BIG EAST Sixth Man award and named to BIG EAST Second team and All-Freshman Team

March 1, 2012

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STORRS, Conn.-The BIG EAST conference announced its postseason accolades on Thursday afternoon and five Huskies earned honors. Freshman standout Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was given the BIG EAST Sixth Man award and was also named to the All-BIG EAST Second and All-Freshman teams. Additionally, 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.

UConn’s Head Coach Geno Auriemma has had 21 different players that have earned 42 All-BIG EAST First Team honors.

Mosqueda-Lewis is the second leading scorer for the No. 4 Huskies with 14.4 points per game and has tallied 24 double figure performances and eight 20-plus games. The Anaheim Hills, Calif. native is the second player from Connecticut to earn the Sixth Man honor. Coming off the bench in 29 of UConn’s 30 games, Mosqueda-Lewis has been awarded the Freshman of the Week accolade eight times after being selected the BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year. Mosqueda-Lewis was a unanimous selection for the All-Freshman team.

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 3-point shooting percentage with 46.5 and she is fifth in the conference in both scoring and steals. This marks Hayes’ second BIG EAST First Team accolade.

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 grabs 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