Big Day Tuesday For UConn

by Categorized: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Kelly Faris, Kiah Stokes, UConn women's basketball Date:

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.

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28 thoughts on “Big Day Tuesday For UConn

  1. Master Mind

    Good article!!
    Too bad Uconn are not playing Notre Dame on Wednesday.
    Stokes could have made a huge difference. A bit more experienced, a pretty good defender. That could have been a game changer.
    Tuck needs more experience against 2 men (not women) guarding her down low in practice. She has to learn to not just throw the ball up or be rid of it if she is pressured.
    Tuck and Stokes with development can turn this, VERY YOUNG, season around with tough teams. But it shall come.
    I don’t think Uconn fans could get better information about KML, Tuck, Stokes.
    I hope Doty is not working with a bum ankle.

    Stay health ladies, UConn world fell apart with the one point loss. Just think if you get blown out–the state will move to Texas.

    1. Charles

      Time to move Doty down the depth chart behind Banks and Jefferson. She just doesn’t have it in big games. Getting big minutes now with zero production, turnovers and a defensive liability. Stewart goes back to starting where she should have been all along.

      1. bruinbball

        UConn outscored Notre Dame by 6 with Doty in the game. It wasn’t her fault. She deserves to play.

      2. Genosguy

        Doty is a streak shooter, when the first goes in a dozen will follow from the 3. Scoring isn’t the only factor in playing anyone. Sometimes you need some you need someone with experience to keep the team focused.
        I personally think Doty makes way too many bad passes.
        But play Doty or not; that decision belongs to Geno alone, right or wrong.

  2. Hip Hop Hood

    Did KML eat and eat and eat until she finally felt better for blowing the big shot that would have won us the game?

    1. Over the line

      C’mon Courant, ban these kinds of comments. They are nothing but cruel.

    2. DINGLE BURY

      Kaleena M. Lewis put on weight at the behest of the coaching staff. It gives her bulk to push the “bigs” around under the basket. I have not nor have you seen any adverse effect of her weighing more than last year. The missed three was because of hurting ankles. Shooter shoot with their feet and legs–and ankles. Give her one he– of a big hand for fighting thru the pain.

      1. FREDDY UNKOOL

        WHO’D A THUNK IT? WOW!!! WHO’D A THUNK IT.
        DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE CHARTER OAK BRIDGE IS?? A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO LOSE. WOW

  3. Chris Saran

    Hip Hop Hood, since KML would never say anything to you had she heard your comment I will. You’re a moron who needs to crawl back into the hole you crawled out of. Who do you think you are? You are such a loser!

    1. Kinder and Gentler Blog

      Chris: While I may agree with your comment. People have the right to their opinions and nasty comments have no place on this posting.
      Uncaring comments from HIP HOP speak more about him/her then anyone else.
      Sometimes ignoring them is the best solution–like all bad boys they want attention. Don’t give it to them.

    2. Kinder and Gentler

      Chris: While I may agree with your comment. People have the right to their opinions and nasty comments have no place on this posting.
      Uncaring comments from HIP HOP speak more about him/her then anyone else.
      Sometimes ignoring them is the best solution–like all bad boys they want attention. Don’t give it to them.

  4. bridget

    very happy that kiah is able to come back to help us out I am really happy that she is feeling better go huskies

    1. happy camper

      Bridget:

      I am thrilled that Kiah Stokes is back in the line up. Down low she is a BIG asset on defense. In a little bit of time and if she take her time and doesn’t rush her shot–she too shall score.
      I love everything Stokes.

  5. TexasBogger

    The lack of Stokes is NOT the reason ND won. That’s lame. ND won because Uconn’s defense had too many breakdowns.

    Doty is a Geno favorite. She is not going anywhere.

  6. Quikster

    Caroline Doty is a great kid and certainly paid her dues but Geno and our ladies would be much,much better off giving more minutes to Brianna Banks. She is quick, can defend and will score. Let’s hope that’s the way Geno goes before he loses her with short minutes.

  7. Billy mustang

    Why are’t the fans asking Why Miss Banks isn’t playing more???? Stew should start and Banks should be the be the first guard off the bench if she does’t start getting more time she should transfer she would start for 98% of the div 1teams he skill set is awesome just needs more PT

  8. fishpaw31

    Tuesday (Jan. 8th) is a big day for UConn women and for one in particular…..it’s Stefanie Dolson’s Birthday!!! She’s 21. HAPPY BIRTHDAY No. 31!!!

  9. Slvrhwk

    Re Genos comments on the ND game,
    a) Not enough offensive rebounds. Why then was Stewie allowed to wander around outside, missing threes & trying to dribble thru ND’s thieves? She should have been in the low post taking lobs from Stef & Kelly and putting back ribbies for easy buckets.
    b) Other team gets too many foul calls. Hello?
    ND drives to the basket every chance it gets. It was obviuos very quickly that neither Hartley or Doty could handle Diggins except to foul. The only players on the Uconn team capable of defending her are Kelly (who had her hands full with McBride) and Brianna Banks. Why didn’t Brianna get the minutes to stop her? BB is also 3rd best on the team with steals, A/TO ratio & 3 point shooting with far fewer minutes than KML or Kelly.
    Methinks Muffet really out coached Geno on this including the ease with which they broke Uconns press setting up many offensive scoring opportunities. I bet Baylor is gonna love this game film.

      1. FREDDY UNKOOL

        i KNEW YOU COULD MAKE A POST WITHOUT BEING UNKIND. HOW TO GO FREDDYKOOL.

        NOW DON’T YOU FEEL BETTER WHEN YOU DON’T CALL NAMES.

        SLVRHAWK–MADE POINTS BASE ON THE GAME HE SAW MAYBE YOU SAW IT DIFFERENTLY==AS THE INK SPOTS ONCE SAID; TO EACH HIS OWN.

        DON PORTER–ND’S PASSING WAS FAST AND ACCURATE, TOUGH TO DEFEND.

      2. FREDDY UNKOOL

        OOOPS FAILED TO READ YOUR COMMENT -LMFAO
        THAT REALLY ISN’T NICE. YOU CAN BE NICE IF YOU GIVE IT A CHANCE.
        BUT IF YOU ARE SO LOST IN FLA–TRYING TO FIND THE CHARTER OAK BRIDGE THERE –
        A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO LOSE.

        LMFAO SHOULD BE TOSSED FROM THIS POST. WHERE ARE THE REPORTING ICONS WHEN YOU NEED THEM.
        PEOPLE CAN DISAGREE WITHOUT BEING DISGUSTING—
        THINK–IS THIS WHAT CAUSED THE NEWTOWN MURDERS, THINK NOT?? GUESS AGAIN. BE KIND–DO THAT IN MEMORY OF THE 27 WHO WERE MURDERED. DISAGREE WITHOUT GETTING PERSONAL AND NASTY.

  10. Terry Floyd

    The last 2 seasons muffet has done a better job of coaching than geno. She has a better game plan and developes her players faster. She lost 3 key players last year. We lost because we do not have a true point guard and our guards do not play good defense except kf. We lost because BS was playing outside her shooting range and just kept shooting. You can not win when your 6’4 player takes low percentage shots. We lost because geno does not have an inside game where you can get high percentage shots. We have enough bigs to be playing 3 with 2 guards. Maybe if he played with one less guard one of them might make a pass inside.We lost because geno has not come up with a defense to stop ND from driving the lane, making contact and shooting foul shots. Muffet knows when she needs 2 points all she has to do is have someone drive the lane. We lost because ND played with more heart. Only kf has shown heart. Geno needs to start giving BB, KS, MT an MJ more playing time. He certainly does not have any thing to lose by playing BB and MJ at guard. If we had one guard that could drive and dish inside we would have a team. you can not win without an inside game. If we contine to play ND the way we always do we will always get a lOSS.

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