The Huskies cancelled practice Monday. Kelly Faris says she would have rathered worked. She is still somewhat angry over what happened Saturday at Gampel Pavilion against Notre Dame.
But Geno Auriemma thought it best to give the team a chance to take one more deep breath before Tuesday’s practice, which will be the first for UConn all season with all 11 players ready to go.
“It may be the most important day of the season for us,” Faris said.
If Auriemma had a big regret about Saturday’s loss it was that it came without all of his resources.
That will change Tuesday when each of Auriemma’s pieces will be back, including forward Kiah Stokes, who has missed the last five games with a stress reaction.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the court,” Stokes said. “I was hoping to be able to play Saturday [against Notre Dame] and could have if we had some foul trouble. I was ready, just in case.”
That will give UConn its full complement of four posts – Stef Dolson, Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Stokes.
“I am really looking forward to that,” Auriemma said. “We’ll be able throw out some different looks, mix things up a little.”
During the game, both Caroline Doty and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis were banged up. Doty came out early in the first half, had her right ankle re-taped, and played just 10 minutes.
Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn’s leading scorer, who has already dealt with a concussion and balky knee, tweaked an ankle twice in the second half.
The second occurrence caused her to briefly leave the game – for Doty – until she returned in time to launch UConn’s last-ditch jumper with six seconds to play in the 73-72 loss.
“My ankle, my shin, my elbow [were all dinged Saturday],” Mosqueda-Lewis said.