Even if his team hadn’t opened the season with eight straight victories, Geno Auriemma says he would not alter his philosophy regarding the rehabilitation of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (elbow) and Morgan Tuck (knee).
Neither player has appeared since the win over Stanford Nov. 11 and neither will until the athletic training staff and coaches are satisfied they are completely ready.
“But they are starting to do more,” Auriemma said prior to Sunday’s game against Ohio State. “Morgan was jumping rope [Friday] and Kaleena was trying to work through some shooting motions. They [the players] had hoped that maybe by next week they could jump in there and start doing some things in practice.
“But I don’t know if that’s going to happen. I don’t envision it. The last thing you want at this time of year is for things to linger. You just want to get it taken care of and when you [the players] are 100 percent you come back. That’s how the medical staff here treats it. When you are ready you go, and not any earlier just because of a certain game that’s coming up.”
Auriemma says every player reacts differently to injury and rehabilitation, which means time lines don’t always mean anything.
“There is no way of knowing how it will go,” Auriemma said. “Morgan has been through this before. So I will bet you that she handles this better than someone who has never gone through it.
“Kaleena has never been injured to this extent, that I can recall. Morgan has been hurt a lot, so she understands the process of taking a few days off and then playing again. She is has more experience doing it. But Kaleeena? I don’t know. She might surprise us all and come back like nothing ever happened, but I don’t know that [will be the case].”