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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

No timetable for Kiah Stokes' return

The only time Kiah Stokes stepped on the court during UConn's trip to Pac-12 country was standing underneath the basket during pre-game drills watching her teammates prepare for games against Stanford and Oregon.

Even with an extra week's time away from the practice court to allow the stress reaction in her right shin to calm down, UConn coach Geno Auriemma is not sure when the sophomore forward/center will be able to return to the court.

"No idea," Auriemma said after Monday's win over Oregon. "She had a couple of moments the last couple of days where she says it feels good and then it is can it feel good for two days in a row, can it feel good for three days in a row? We are not quite there yet. I don't know if there is any particular timetable but when we are home and we are home for a couple of days we will see what happens."

Considering that the UConn program has spent more time as the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press national poll, it is easy to understand which Auriemma didn't view the Huskies move from No. 2 to No. 1 as being a major deal.

"I don't think it means anything to anybody really in our program," Auriemma said. "Maybe in some other programs it is much more significant but I think if you ask any of other upperclassmen 'hey, how does it feel to be No. 1 in the country' they will tell you it doesn't feel any different now than it did on Friday. We didn't do anything different in practice than we did on Friday. We don't carry ourselves any different now than we did on Friday so the only difference is when we go home everybody will be talking about the No. 1 team in the country is playing at Gampel on Saturday and maybe there were a couple of fans out there who were waiting for us to get back to No 1 to come watch us play so hopefully they will come out on Saturday."

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