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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rehashing yesterday's communication breakdown

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis knew she was starting the second half in Saturday's game against Prairie View A&M after UConn's coaching and medical staffs decided it would be beneficial for senior guard Tiffany Hayes to sit out the second half to rest her sore right foot. There was only one problem, Hayes seemed to be the last to know.

Hayes was still miffed after the game and gave cryptic answers when she was asked when she heard she would not be playing in the second half. Today UConn coach Geno Auriemma shed some light on how it all went down.

"When Rosemary (Ragle, UConn's athletic trainer) came out and said her foot was bohering her and I said 'bad?' She said 'no,'" Auriemma said. "I said 'would you prefer if we didn't play her?' and she said 'if you don't have to, don't.' We go in and these guys said 'is Kaleena starting?' and we said 'yeah.' Somebody must have told Caroline (Doty) she wasn't. There was Tiffany ready to go out and I said 'hey, yo sit down.' So she didn't talk to me for the rest of the night. That's all right, I am used to it. Women getting mad to me is getting old."

Hayes said she is good to go for tomorrow's second-round game against Kansas State and barring any further issues, she should be available for the entire game tomorrow.

Also, we aren't allowed into practices today but UConn women's basketball SID Pat McKenna tweeted that sophomore guard Lauren Engeln, who missed Saturday's game with an ankle injury, practiced today and is questionable for the Kansas State game.

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