UConn Women Tuesday Tidbits

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Just a few things to pass along this morning:

Geno Auriemma is very pleased with the way Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis played Friday night. And it has nothing to do with the 24 points she scored.

“She passed up a couple of shots I was hoping she’d take, but I was very happy with her defensively. The two players that have changed the most since they’ve been at UConn are Stefanie Dolson and Kaleena. They both are on a different plane and that changes our team incredibly. To have one kid who can anchor your team defensively in the post and have another who now wants to do more than shoot threes to help the team is great. Kalenna played harder on defense Friday than she has in her entire life. That’s a great sign.”

The NCAA says it may have a decision on which site will host the Eastern regional in this year’s Division I women’s basketball tournament by as soon as Friday.

“We are looking over the bids right now,” NCAA spokesman Rick Nixon said.

You’ll recall that the NCAA withdrew host opportunities from New Jersey for a number of championships this season because of its decision to legalize collegiate and pro sports betting.

Trenton (NJ) was originally slated to host the event. Bridgeport, which hosted first- and sec0nd-round games last season, is a major player for these games.

I don’t know why, but I am very concerned about the state of Bria Hartley’s ankle. And I think the UConn coaching staff is as well, likely more than they are letting on right now.

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3 thoughts on “UConn Women Tuesday Tidbits

  1. Genosguy

    The status of Hartleys “ankle” was pretty obvious to even people with limited medical expertise. Any pain/condition that does not relieve itself in 2 months is serious. When did or will they do and MRI on it. A Doty at 50 percent is better than most players at 100 percent. But Hartley at 20 percent isn’t of any value to anyone. If it takes resting the joint until the NCAA run (with associated losses) don’t push it. With Hartley maybe a final 4 and championship, without her it’s difficult to believe UConn will be there.

  2. Mike McManus

    I agree with Genosguy that this sounds like more than a classical sprain. They must have done an MRI by now to make sure there is no major complication or structural damage. Obviously Bria took it lightly and probably played on it when she should have rested it, thus further aggravating it. She needs to stay off it for as long as necessary and until it’s 100%, even though that will hurt her conditioning.

  3. martin fallon

    The Huskies are talented and deep, emphasis on deep and you can rest Bria without penalty, indefinitely. She’ll get antsy and frustrated that someone takes her place and they still win easily. I agree that her ankle has not responded as a simple sprain. Without rest this injury will dog her and she will go down at a critical time. Everyone knows she’s an All American. That’s not going to change. We are deep at guard. Let’s see who rises to the challenge.

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