When asked what her problem was physically on Saturday, UConn guard Bria Hartley said she wasn’t feeling good. So we’ll have to assume that is the reason she did not play more than four minutes in UConn’s 65-45 win over Rutgers .
Geno Auriemma said after Saturday’s game that Hartley hadn’t been feeling well since Friday night. And he reiterated that after Sunday’s practice.
“On Friday she was really bad [not feeling well],” Auriemma said. “She was just bad. All stuffed up and coughing and hacking. It was bad. She tried to get through practice and it was bad. And it was no better at the shootaround on Saturday.
“I told her [after the shootaround] that you are either going to try and play through this [the illness] or you are not playing. So she gave it a little bit of a go [on Saturday] and I could just tell from her body language that it wasn’t working.
“But she was really good today. You never know, the season is full of ups and downs. If you will you feel better. If you lose you feel like crap.”
Quote of the day: Kiah Stokes, who is 6-4, on playing against Brittney Griner: “I guess I was the Brittney Griner of Iowa [when she was in high school].”
Junior guard/forward Kathryn Westbeld, 6-2, of Kettering, Ohio is visiting the program this weekend. She will attend the game on Monday night.
Keep in that Morgan Tuck said after Saturday’s game at Rutgers that she committed to UConn – as a junior – after watching UConn beat Baylor in Hartford. Tuck was in the XL Center stands visiting that night.