KML finding groove at right time

"It was as bad as it looked," Mosqueda-Lewis said about what was later diagnosed as a nerve contusion. "It was the most pain I've ever felt in my life. Luckily, my mom was there [in Connecticut] then and was able to stay with me and take care of me.

"The only thing going through my head then was, 'Gosh, this hurts, and I don't know what's wrong with it.'"

Once she and the Huskies knew that it wasn't season-ending, though, that was a big relief. However, the subsequent injury to her other elbow, followed by her illness, really did take a toll on Mosqueda-Lewis' mindset on court. All of these ailments impacted her fitness, too, and at one point she just felt completely out of sorts and far from the talented player she knew she really was.

"It just seemed like when I came back, it wasn't the same person out there," Mosqueda-Lewis said of returning from mono. "I just had to talk to my teammates and coaches to find my confidence again."

Everyone pitched in with rebuilding that, including seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, who have been through their own injury issues in seasons past. Ultimately, coach Geno Auriemma told Mosqueda-Lewis that he had no doubts about her ability to be as big an impact player as she was before.

Those words meant a lot to her. Mosqueda-Lewis has a poker face for the most part on court and almost always seem unflappable. But teammates and coaches say that behind that game face is a very sensitive person who can worry a lot and dwell on the things that are bothering her.

But her mojo has come back at exactly the right time for Mosqueda-Lewis and UConn.

"I'm getting closer and closer to my normal self," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I've tried to keep the same mindset since the tournament started: Be aggressive, be positive. Whatever the team needs at that moment in the game, do it.

"I feel like this is the time when great players and great teams make their runs."

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