UConn freshman center Kiah Stokes had surgery Friday morning to repair a torn tendon in her right foot which had been bothering her during the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
The procedure took place at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. She is expected to return to normal athletic activity before the start of the 2012-13 academic year. It was during the Final Four in Denver that Stokes admitted she was having trouble with her foot.
Stokes, a high school All-American center from Marion, Iowa, played in 36 games for the Huskies last season, averaging 13.4 minutes. She had 50 blocks, second on the team to sophomore Stefanie Dolson (57), who played many more minutes than Stokes.
Stokes also led UConn in field goal percentage (60.2), despite often incurring the wrath of Geno Auriemma and his coaching staff. Auriemma often chided Stokes for not being a good practice player, blaming her lack of intensity there for some of the up and down performances that characterized her rookie season.
She was never better, however, than during UConn’s 61-45 win at Duke on Jan. 30 when she had 12 rebounds and five blocks in 28 minutes.