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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Six is more than enough for UConn

Things were a little off kilter for the nation's top-ranked team on Wednesday.

When the Huskies arrived at the XL Center in the afternoon for its normal routine of a shootaround UConn Geno Auriemma looked at his six healthy scholarship players and wondered if it was an exercise in futility. A few hours later the simple task of a layup drill resembled a comedy of errors.

"We almost couldn't have shootaround today," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We came out and spent a little bit of time over here and I am glad those other two guys are coming back and I am glad it is only going to be a couple days (away for Kiah Stokes). It wasn't ideal, let's put put that way."

Despite the promising news that Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck, who have been out for nearly a month due to elbow and knee injuries respectively, the Huskies knew neither would be able to play against UC Davis on Thursday. Then Kiah Stokes turned her left ankle towards the end of Wednesday's practice and she was held out of the game as a precaution.

"When you face that much adversity going down two players and then going down another player, it really tests how strong you are as a team," UConn sophomore forward Breanna Stewart said. "When you think about it we only had six people today not counting the walk-ons and that could be tough if we got into foul trouble or something and we have to be smart and focused."

UConn won't practice again until Sunday and after practicing on Monday and Tuesday, will get another day off. With exams approaching, Auriemma will see how the team is holding up physically and emotionally before deciding how to proceed with practice.

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