Hartley Likely Out Until Paradise Jam Tournament

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Geno Auriemma announced that Bria Hartley, his WBCA All-American, would miss Sunday’s season opener against College of Charleston at Gampel Pavilion.

And she may not play at Texas A&M on November 18, either.

“She says it feels better. But she’s missed a month now [with a severely sprained left ankle],” Auriemma said. “It’s realistic to think that she will need at least a week of practice before she can play. So in my mind, I am thinking sometime after Texas A&M.”

In Hartley’s place will either freshman Moriah Jefferson, who has been so impressive in the preseason, or veteran Caroline Doty.

“I’ve played in two preseason games. I feel like I am ready,” Jefferson said. “You have to have confidence and If calls on me, I will be prepared.”

Ironically, Hartley started her first game at UConn at the point in 2010 in place of the injured Doty.

“I was just talking to the coaches about who might start Sunday,” Auriemma said. “We’re struggling a little with how it may play out. Other than Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena-Mosqueda Lewis and Kelly Faris, the other two starters will have an effect on everything else we do.

“It’s almost like, if you bat someone third, then someone else almost needs to bat fourth. Starting two freshmen can be good or it can be bad.

“We could go with Caroline and Breanna Stewart; that would give us pretty good balance [with experience]. If we go with Moriah and Stewie, that’s two freshmen. That’s the struggle that we having right now.”

Hartley has been hurt since playing for USA Basketball in the 3×3 World Championship in August in Greece. She has been wearing a protective boot during the entire preseason and has missed all but a handful of workouts. An MRI showed a slight tear in the ligament on the inside of her foot.

“Right now, I am just working on trying to get better,” Hartley said. “It’s frustrating, but it’s a long season and I don’t want it to get worse. I don’t want this to nag me the whole season.”

Hartley says she feels about 70 percent better and that her range of motion in the ankle it better.

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10 thoughts on “Hartley Likely Out Until Paradise Jam Tournament

  1. MaryAnne Hartley

    John, did you ask Geno about the MRI on Hartley’s ankle?? Hartley is too valuable to waste her ankle on Charleston and even A^M. Jefferson has been doing well so far, let her keep on keeping on. Stewart Starter on Not isn’t that big a deal. Most Freshmen superstars have sat it out until the first break, they observed and learned. Hartley may not be the franchise but she is an owner.

  2. Dingle Barry

    John–forget the Courant you forte is TV. I love Kara and she is wonderful, but that’s a job John should have put his name on the list. When are you going to be on SNY again??

  3. Walterlines@yaoo.com

    bria missing college of charleston game and preaseason mo problem i am worried about he missin game at texas and anm though do need her healthy takecare all gouconn

      1. MDakota

        Seriously, y’all need to lay off walterlines. I don’t know what his situation is and I’m certain that none of you do either.
        The important thing here is that he’s a passionate fan. These comments allow him to express himself as a fan.
        I am still able to read his point of view, despite some of the grammatical inconsistencies. So let him express himself and cut the man some slack. Go Huskies :)

  4. Baylor 80-0

    Good old Geno stringing fans along for weeks. Just redshirt Hartley and get it over with. Can’t wait to hear Geno’s sarcasm about tomorrow’s low attendance. BStew’s regular season debut will not fill up the stands on a NFL Sunday, with SNY televising an easy 30 point win over CoC. Go Huskies. – UConn Fan

      1. Baylor 80-0

        Huge crowd, as expected, for the debut of the 3 amigos. This ain’t the 90s.

    1. Steve Gee

      103-39 was slightly more than your “30″ points.
      I suppose the 6,221 fans at the game was also slightly more than your guess as well.
      But, don’t let that stop you. Go Baylor. -Bear fan.

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