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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Kiah Stokes eager for return to court

After missing the last five games with a stress reaction in her right shin, it appears as if all systems are go for Kiah Stokes to return to the court for UConn.

Stokes, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward/center, could have played had the Huskies needed her against Notre Dame. The definition of "needing her" would likely have meant either Stefanie Dolson or Breanna Stewart fouling out. However, asking Stokes to be thrown into a game like the one against the Fighting Irish might have been a little too much to ask.

Barring any setbacks, look for Stokes to play when UConn faces Georgetown tomorrow.

“Until I hear otherwise I am planning on her playing on Wednesday,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “One of things we thought we were going to do this year is be bigger, certainly Stefanie has improved 100 percent since last year and freshman year and I was hoping between Stefanie, Kiah, Breanna and Morgan (Tuck)  we can be big but we haven't had a chance to where all four of them are available at the same time so I am kind of looking forward to that. We worked at during practice. We have done a lot in practice with three of them in practice just to give them a different look and change things up defensively but haven't had a chance to do it in a game yet.”

Stokes is raring to go whether it is as part of a big lineup or a normal one.

“I am ready to get after it and get back playing again,” Stokes said. “It's been a long four or five games and I am glad getting back.

“I think I'll have to calm myself down a little bit. It might take a while getting the rust off. It will take me a few minutes or so but I will be good to go.”

Stokes' teammates aren't expecting that she will be picking up where she was before the injury but know this road trip could be a perfect time for Stokes to shake the rust off.

"It is probably going to be a slow start for her but hopefully she comes back strong and watch what we have been doing these last couple of weeks and watched what we learned from the loss and she comes in and helps us," UConn sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis said.

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