Just when Geno Auriemma figured he might have 11 healthy players available for Saturday’s game against Syracuse at the XL Center, sophomore Kiah Stokes walked off the practice floor Friday with an apparent recurrence of the stress reaction in her left shin. She has already missed five games because of it but returned last week at Georgetown and has appeared in three straight.
“What do I make of it?,” Auriemma said. “That I wouldn’t think she be playing [Saturday].”
Former UConn assistant Tonya Cardoza recently won her 100th career game at Temple, just two weeks after Carla Berube won her 200th at Tufts. But Cardoza and Berube reached the milestones faster than Auriemma did at UConn.
“There is no greater feeling than when your former players accomplish great things elsewhere or when your former coaches go on to build programs,” Auriemma said. “Like I’ve said about Carla Berube and Jen Rizzotti [at Hartford], I was surprised that Tonya wanted the Temple job. I had no idea if she was ready for it. But she’s nothing be great since she arrived and she’s had many opportunities to move on. But she’s very into the good situation she has there.”