STORRS — One of the themes expressed by ESPN2's broadcast team during Monday's win at Baylor was how Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis' conditioning doesn't seem to be up to par.
The junior forward, a WBCA All-American last season after setting a single-season program record with 118 three-pointers, is two months removed from a nerve injury in her elbow that cost her eight games.
Coach Geno Auriemma agreed that she has to get herself totally back into condition.
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"It's not a concern right now, but in a few weeks it might be if it doesn't get any better," Auriemma said. "When you miss that much time, both in games and practice for five weeks, just going on the exercise bike and treadmill isn't going to get you in game shape. Add in the travel and Christmas holiday, it's going to take some time."
Mosqueda-Lewis returned with a 21-point splash at Duke, making 7 of 11 three-pointers in 27 minutes. And on Jan. 4 in Memphis, she was 5-for-10 from three in 30 minutes to score another 21 points.
But in her other six games, she is 20-for-51 (39.2 percent) from the floor, 8-for-26 (30.1 percent) from three with just two double-figure games. She scored 10 against California and 11 in last Saturday's game against Temple.
"I have been doing a lot trying to get my wind back," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I've been trying to get back into the flow and I think it's been going well."
Auriemma said he partially blames the offense that the staff has employed that tends to isolate Mosqueda-Lewis on the perimeter.
"I don't think she is getting the kind of movement on the floor that we want right now," Auriemma said. "We've addressed that [with the coaching staff]. We need to do a better job moving her around because she does have a tendency to drift around the three-point line."
Mosqueda-Lewis comes into Sunday's Rutgers game with 1,342 career points. If she can get to 1,500 before season's end, she will join Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley as the first trio of UConn teammates to reach that milestone.
"I am feeling much better than I did when I first came back," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I was out for so long and when I came back it was natural for me not to be the same shape I was in the preseason."
"Now I feel so much better and the way I can tell is how confident I feel in my ability to go up and down the floor and how long it takes to get tired."
Meanwhile, sophomore Morgan Tuck's health continues to be a question mark. She did not practice again on Friday and will not play Sunday.
"She's out," Auriemma said. "But it's actually better, and once we get to Monday, we will take another look at it. But we are encouraged about it and we will see about Wednesday [when UConn plays Memphis at the XL Center]."
Tuck has played in only eight games (116 minutes) this season because of knee issues. She had scheduled arthroscopic surgery Nov. 12.
Like Mosqueda-Lewis, who was injured against Stanford on Nov. 11, she missed eight games before returning at Duke on Dec. 17. Tuck scored 12 points against California on Dec. 22 at Madison Square Garden before going 1-for-10 in the next two games.
But she was beginning to play well again, shooting 12-for-19 with 27 points in 29 minutes against Memphis and Houston (including a career-high 19 points against the Cougars on Jan. 7) when she reported new swelling in her right knee. She has not played since.
The Huskies lead the nation in blocked shots with three players in the Top 21: Breanna Stewart (49), Stefanie Dolson (48) and Kiah Stokes (46). It's conceivable that all could reach 50 on Sunday. It would be the first time in program history that UConn has had three 50-block posts on the same team. … The Huskies have trailed for just 26 minutes, 11 seconds of the 720 they've played. Their biggest deficit (four points) was against Central Florida on New Year's Day. And they have not trailed in the second half this season. … Hartley jammed her left thumb in practice and has it bandaged from the wrist. "It hurts. It's throbbing," Hartley said. "But it should be all right." … Should the Huskies win their 25th straight, it will qualify as the sixth-longest in program history, five short of tying the 30-game streak that carried the Huskies from Feb. 5, 2000 to Jan. 13, 2001. ... Four Huskies have retained their status on the narrowed top-20 midseason list: Dolson, Hartley, Mosqueda-Lewis, and Stewart, who all average double-figures for the Huskies, represent the AAC along with Louisville's Shoni Schimmel. UConn leads all universities with four players on the list. Notre Dame has three, Duke two.