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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Bria Hartley is out indefinitely

UConn junior guard Bria Hartley is "out indefinitely" according to a statement released by the Huskies a few minutes ago.

"Bria Hartley is out indefinitely. It has been determined that her ankle needs more time to heal so this does not become a season-long, nagging injury."

Hartley sprained her left ankle playing for the U.S. team in the FIBA 3x3 World Championships. She was held out of practice for two weeks before returning earlier this week to do work on the side. She did not take part in Wednesday's practice and will not practice today nor will she play in tomorrow's preseason opener against Indiana (Pa.)

Hartley, who talked about the ankle injury following the last two open practices, won't be required to talk to the media following today's practice.   

UConn coach Geno Auriemma made it clear that he has no intentions of playing Hartley until he is certain she is 100 percent.

"I think it was frustrating early on," Auriemma said. "I know she was putting a lot of time and effort in getting ready for the season. That is what happens when you are stubborn. She should have been out a lot sooner but she never gives on that something is bothering her because she wants to play. No, instead of it her working her way back in, it is those extra couple of weeks she spent in the preseason trying to prove how tough she is and now she is going to sit out those two weeks. As far as I am concerned, I don't care if she sits out until January. I just want it to get to where it is 100 percent healthy and then we are not worried about it for the rest of the season.

"I just know that when she does play it is going to be 100 percent. We are not going to throw her out there  and have to deal with this the whole year because in my mind, if it is not getting better, it is getting worse."


Blogger Genosguy said...

The best update is that Geno is going to keep her on the bench until January to make sure her ankle is 100 percent.
I am disappointed in Rosemary and Geno for allowing a kid to determine when they ready--they all want to play and NOW. But Geno has taken the high road and will NOT allow her to play until she is REALLY ready.

Hartley is the engine that runs Geno's train. Thru her goes the whole offense and defense.

8:15 PM 

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