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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

UConn's Tuck looking to regain her form

Her troublesome right knee bone bruise seems to be a thing of the past and now UConn freshman Morgan Tuck is trying to get back to the way she was playing earlier in the season when she scored in double figures in two of the first three games and was averaging 10.3 points and 3.8 rebounds through the first six games.

However, Tuck's knee issues resulted in her missing three games and playing single-digit minutes in six others.

Tuck showed signs of reclaiming her form against Cincinnati. Tuck posted up with authority and was calling for the ball. Although she missed three of her five shots, it was the best Tuck has looked since the Jan. 12 game against Marquette.

"I don't expect it just to come so I try to look at what Stef (Dolson) does, I see how hard she works in the post and I just try to do the same thing," Tuck said. "I can't really focus on missing shots, I need to focus on making the next play. If it is open I am still going to shoot it and hopefully I make the next one.

"I am trying to work even harder because the more you get open, the more you get other people open y setting better screens, by cutting harder it just makes the offense a little better. I try to keep working hard and it seems like it is working pretty good."

Her teammates know how talented Tuck is and what a difference she can make on this year's squad which has been relying heavily on Dolson.

"We need Tuck to come back full strength," sophomore forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis said. "Whenever we want to post it up inside, her and Stefanie are pretty good at getting inside and establishing position. Tuck is a great finisher and we need her at full strength."

Mosqueda-Lewis may be all the way across the country but she is still keeping tabs on how her high school team is doing. Mater Dei is doing rather well as evidenced by holding down the top spot in the national high school polls.

"It is good to see Mater Dei still doing good out there, keeping the legacy alive," Mosqueda-Lewis said. "It is known to be a basketball school so as long as Coach (Kevin) Kiernan is there I am sure the team is going to keep doing well.

"He as high expectations for all of his players and wants you to do your best. It is a lot like it is here. They expect a lot and if you are willing to put in the work you are going to get good results. He makes sure he stays on you day in and day out every practice so when you have a coach who is that dedicated you can't really go wrong."


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