• Rotation: Connecticut has done this before. By the time the NCAA tournament rolled around a season ago, the Huskies essentially used a seven-player rotation, Caroline Doty a starter but limited to spot duty. In the last of Maya Moore's championship seasons, the Huskies used just six players for all but nine minutes in the Final Four. Granted, blowouts in previous rounds that year allowed Auriemma to rest some of those players, but if his team is up 30 points in the early rounds this March, there is no reason he can't play walk-ons Tierney Lawlor and Briana Pulido if rest matters.
It's not just Connecticut. On the way to a perfect season, Baylor's top seven players accounted for all but 25 of the 800 minutes in the final four rounds of the NCAA tournament. Tennessee's top seven accounted for all but 24 minutes in the same span when it won the second of back-to-back titles in 2008. A season earlier, the total was 51 minutes for the Lady Vols.
Postseason rotations routinely extend only two deep on the bench. Connecticut would love for Mosqueda-Lewis to be part of that rotation. The Huskies would be a better team if she was. But even if their own margin for error is now nonexistent, they still have as many functional players available to them as most champions utilize in March and April.
And they still have a quartet that can match up with anybody.
All of which is why Auriemma also noted after the Louisville game that no one was likely to take up collections to ease his team's potential pain. Confirmation of that had come minutes earlier.
"It must just be awful to have to play Stewart 37 minutes," Louisville coach Jeff Walz deadpanned when asked about Connecticut's manpower situation, before anyone knew Mosqueda-Lewis would miss time with mono. "I have no idea how he sleeps at night. I mean, going home tonight and going, 'I had to play Moriah Jefferson 40 minutes and Dolson 39,' I probably wouldn't eat.
"Look who you're playing. It's not like you're out there playing two walk-ons."