Geno Auriemma said after Saturday’s 102-45 win over Hartford that freshman forward Morgan Tuck would have played had her bruised knee felt better during Saturday morning’s pregame shootaround at Gampel Pavilion.
“Where we are with her now is something like this – practice, look at, see no swelling, practice again tomorrow,” Auriemma explained. “Then we wait until she practices another day and sometimes it hasn’t been so good. So we don’t practice her the next day.
“But based on Friday’s practice, we actually felt like she would have played, but it turned out to be a no-go. I think that’s the way it is going to be for awhile. Still, it is getting better every day. All she has is a bone bruise. We’ve asked her when [it happened] and how [it happened] and she does not know.”
The prognosis for freshman Kiah Stokes does not appear as bright. She is suffering with a stress reaction to her lower leg.
“Long-term,” Auriemma reiterated. “I hope she’s ready for Notre Dame [Jan. 5]. Then again, I hope she’s ready for Stanford [Dec. 29] and Oregon [Dec. 31]. I hope. I hope. But I am not holding out much hope.”