Another UConn Rout

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For a team that seemingly has it all together, UConn hasn’t had its team together this season.

Starting with the sprained ankle that sidelined Bria Hartley this summer playing for USA Basketball, the Huskies have surfed from one malady to another.

Friday, freshman Breanna Stewart took her turn, spraining an ankle in practice. She was not able to play Saturday when No. 2 UConn drilled Marquette, 85-51, at the Al McGuire Center.

And that was just the start of UConn’s misfortune on a day when it did little wrong on the floor.

Just five minutes into the game Hartley left it – and eventually the bench for the remainder of the first half – wincing again in pain over her left ankle. She did not play again.

Even after returning to team in the Virgin Islands, Hartley has struggled to regain her All-America stride. She finally warmed up some in the second half at Georgetown by making a few three-pointers. Now there is no telling where the remainder of her season is headed.

Stewart’s loss was compensated for the return of freshman Morgan Tuck who missed the Georgetown game on Wednesday because of her bruised right knee.

It is unclear whether either Stewart or Hartley will be able to play Tuesday when the season resumes against Louisville at the XL Center.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (9 of 13) led the Huskies (14-1, 2-1) with 24 points. Her career-high (27) was attained in last year’s game in Milwaukee. Stefanie Dolson (9 of 11) added 20 points.

Kelly Faris had her usual day with 11 points, eight assists, five steals and five rebounds. Brianna Banks scored 12 points. Tuck grabbed a career-high nine rebounds with seven points and five steals.   The Huskies had 18 steals and forced 22 turnovers

The Golden Eagles (8-7, 0-2) were led by Sarina Simmons who scored 19 points. Katherine Ploufe, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, did not score or get a rebound.

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9 thoughts on “Another UConn Rout

  1. UConn Clinic

    Auriemma proved to his assistants on the Altavilla blog and Boneyard that UConn’s second team is not a top 10 team, as some boldly predicted. UConn scored 3 pts in the last 9:44 of the game against Marquette. Great first 30 minutes. Anyone think Doty’ forearm to the face or neck was a cheap shot? Why was it up that high? UConn could use Stewart against Louisville.

  2. Coach H

    Uconn Clinic—A shot like the one Doty gave the Marquette player should have gotten Doty a suspension. There is no place in the game for that kind of attack.
    Shea had done similar tactics, it wasn’t good then it’s not good now.
    Geno played all available players today and as each came of the floor he instructed them in the finer points of the game. I love that. Uconn’s point production decreased in the last few minutes because team members were trying hard to get Buck a basket and to help Tuck score a bit. Buck is a nice kid, a decent defender but she’ll never be a scorer.
    The ability of Uconn (and any team) to score and play tough defense, is determined by your teams experience, talent, coaching and by the opponents abilities.

    1. Charles

      On Doty: I think that she was a little late in anticipating fairly solid body contact and so she brought up her arms to shield; don’t be so quick to make an outlandish “cheap shoot” statement like that.

      All your other points are simply stating the obvious. For example, the ability of one team to score depends on how good that team is and by the abilities of the oposition. Noooo! Really?

  3. Jimmy Butler

    UConn: 17 PF, 11 FTA, 21 3PT-A, W.
    Marqu: 14 PF, 20 FTA, 16 3PT-A, L.

    1. Gimme a Break

      No. Doty’s not a clown. She’s a lousy clown. Opinion proven by statistics.

  4. Keith

    Charles is right re doty- she was preparing to defend herself from the obvious body block that was coming- and her blocking arm rolled off and up- w 3 knee surgeries- I don’t think she wants to b come the target of cheap shots or retribution. if she was a cheap shot artist it would have manifested itself b fore now- the other girl got called for the foul. And they could have called a double foul or given her a tech foul- even if it was inadvertent.

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