As her UConn teammates struggled in the first half against Stanford on Monday, freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis rose to the occasion -- just like another former Huskies player who once wore No. 23.
Is it better to build a team around one star (see: Maya Moore, Danielle Adams) or around a talented team (see: Notre Dame, Stanford)? The Final Four might give us the answer.
After the worst half in Geno Auriemma's time at UConn, the Huskies came out after the break and played like they have for two seasons -- with complete domination.
Stanford's ability to beat UConn might depend less on what the Cardinal do and more on whether Huskies other than Maya Moore and Tina Charles step up offensively in Tuesday's title game.
For 25 minutes, Stanford outplayed No. 1 UConn, leading by two points at halftime. But then the Huskies played defense like few even know how to pull out an 80-68 victory.
Forget about the marquee regular-season matchup we used to have. Because when UConn hosts Stanford on Wednesday, there will be plenty to enjoy in the game's greatest current rivalry.
So just what sort of personnel would it take to end UConn's perfect run this season? The combination of these five players just might be able to handle the Huskies.
The request was short and simple. But picking the country's top 15 players of the 2008-09 season was not.