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.