Geno Says Hartley Could Miss Opener With Ankle Injury

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UConn announced Thursday that junior guard Bria Hartley will out “indefinitely” in an attempt to heal her sprained left ankle.

And that includes UConn’s season opener Nov. 11 against the College of Charleston.

“That’s what happens when you are stubborn,” Geno Auriemma said. “She could have been back a lot sooner, but she never gives on that she’s hurting. She wants to play. Now instead of working her way back in, she’ll be spending the two weeks she tried to prove how tough she is probably sitting out. And as far as I am concerned, I don’t care if she’s out until January. I just want her 100 percent, to the point we’re not worried about it for the remainder of the season.”

Hartley, a WBCA All-American last season and Big East preseason first-team performer this season, suffered a medial sprain of her left ankle playing for USA Basketball’s first 3×3 team this August in Greece.

“If she comes back next week, she comes back,” Auriemma said. “If she comes back next month, it’s next month. When she does play, it will  be because she is 100 percent. I don’t want to deal with this the entire year. With me, if it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse.”

She has not been able to put much pressure on the foot since and has been walking around campus with a boot on her foot. She had a cortisone injection Oct. 23 in hope in would alleviate the pain.

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3 thoughts on “Geno Says Hartley Could Miss Opener With Ankle Injury

  1. UconnPhann

    YEA for Geno!!! Keep her out until January. YOU make the decision. She is tough, but Geno is the leader and needs to lead. Rosemary should have picked up on her tenderness. Kids try to hide their injuries if they really want to play.

    Now US fans need to remember that she is sitting on the bench for HER benefit not GENO’s. He is not picking on her he is PROTECTING HER> Thank you Geno. Now let us see how good Banks and Doty and Jefferson really are, don’t disappoint us Ladies!!!

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