This was a magnanimous gesture. An ordinary person, confronted by the possibilities, would have automatically spilled something all over her office rug.
But Mitchell, a former assistant coach for USA Basketball, decided to try looking at her two games against UConn from the bright side. After all, what is college athletics if not a forum designed for personal growth?
But after Tuesday's 94-37 loss at Gampel Pavilion before a quiet 6,430, it seemed time to admit the obvious. Getting the short straw, losing two games to the Huskies this season by a combined 91 points, was a test even to her power of positive thinking.
"A charade," said about the scheduling decision.
And she said it to Danielle Donehew, the associate commissioner of women's basketball for the Big East.
"It's what the Big East decided," Mitchell said. "We knew it was going to be tough, that we'd have to find ways [to play better]. … We lost worse than we did at home. I wanted us to play better and it didn't happen."
Junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, one of the nation's premier three-point shooters, was brilliant again, scoring 22 points in 23 minutes. She was 8 of 10 from the field, 5 of 6 from three-point range.
"I don't know how you could be any better," Geno Auriemma said. "We know that she can blow the game open in any three-minute stretch. That's how much confidence we have in her."
Bria Hartley emerged from her offensive slump with 20 points, her most since scoring a season-high 21 points against Oakland on Dec. 19.
"It was a great feeling to finally be able to do something like that," Hartley said.
It was only the sixth double-figure game for the reigning WBCA All-American since the Oakland game.
"She has been struggling and the more you struggle, the more it gets in your head," Auriemma said. "And the more it gets into your head, the more you struggle. It's a bad cycle to be in."
Hartley said Mosqueda-Lewis predicted she'd have a big night.
"She had a good practice Monday and a good shoot-around [Tuesday]," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "I said, 'Bria, it's time.'"
And that's what Hartley did. She tied a career-high with five three-pointers (5 of 7) after shooting 0 for 7 from three Saturday at St. John's.
"She [KML] predicted during the shoot-around that I would go 5 for 7 today," Hartley said. "I told her I'd be happy if I just hit one."
Caroline Doty pumped home four three-pointers, on four attempts, to score 12 points in 21 minutes.
"Momentum just takes over after awhile," Doty said.
The Huskies finished with six players in double figures and tied their season high with 15 three-pointers [23 attempts] to demolish the Golden Eagles (11-11, 3-6).