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Friday, November 29, 2013

Progress for UConn's Mosqueda-Lewis?

While junior All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is still sidelined due to a nerve contusion in her right elbow, the Huskies' leading scorer in each of the last two seasons has gotten back to doing what she does best - shoot.

Mosqueda-Lewis has been able to take some shots this week. Now this is not the majestic 3-pointer she is known for but one-handed set shots from about 10-12 feet while wearing a brace to protect her right elbow.

Don't look for either Mosqueda-Lewis or Morgan Tuck (currently sitting out after knee surgery) to be back when UConn plays Ohio State on Sunday or UC-Davis on Thursday but the fact that she feels good enough to take some shots would seem to me like it is good news as she works her way back.

Tuck was jumping rope so that seems to be encouraging as well although UConn coach Geno Auriemma isn't sure when they will be able to practice without restriction.

"They are starting to do a little bit more," Auriemma said. "Kaleena was just trying to go through some shooting motions. A little bit but not much. They had hoped that maybe next week or the week after to at least jump in there and doing some practice stuff but I don’t know if that is the case or not. I don’t know if it is going to happen. The way it is right now I don’t envision next week anybody going to be at practice."

Auriemma reiterated that he has no plans of rushing either player back until they are fully cleared.

"The last thing you want at this time of the year is to have a situation where things just kind of linger," Auriemma said. "Let’s take care of it, get it over with and when you are a 100 percent you come back. That is kind of what you do, that is how our medical staff and (athletic trainer) Rosemary (Ragle) treats things, when you are fully ready to go you go and not earlier and not because we have a certain game or games coming up, that is never in the equation."

While they don't know when Mosqueda-Lewis and Tuck will be back on the court, their teammates have been impressed with how well they've dealt with this unscheduled hiatus.

"With those two, you see how hard they are working on the side," UConn senior center Stefanie Dolson said. "I was there, not in the same exact position but last year I had the chance of sitting out and knowing how bad it feels to not be able to do everything. I feel for them and I am excited that they will be able to get back on the court with us and I know they are just as excited to get back on too."

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