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Monday, January 27, 2014

Banks returns to practice for UConn

Junior guard Brianna Banks returned to practice this morning and came through fine so barring any setbacks, she should be able to play in UConn's game at Temple tomorrow.

Banks has been slowed by a sprained left ankle which forced her to miss Sunday's game against South Florida.

Banks has played in every other game this season and started eight times when UConn was without the injured Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck. She scored in double digits three times during her eight starts and is averaging 4.8 points per game.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma addressed Banks' situation and potential availability following the South Florida game.

"I think she is going to practice (today)," Auriemma said. "She needs a lot of minutes, she is like Kiah Stokes she needs a lot of minutes so if we can get her back and get her some minutes, I think that would be huge for her confidence. She was playing really well before those other guys were coming back."

Former UConn star Maya Moore was named as a starter in next month's WCBA All-Star game in China. Elizabeth Cambage of the Tulsa Shock joins Moore as a starter on the North squad while Brittney Griner and Sylvia Fowles are set to play for the South team. The game will be played on Feb. 9.

Moore is averaging 39 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5 assists and 4.2 steals for Shanxi. She has scored at least 30 points in 19 of the 20 games she has played in including games with 51, 57 and 54 points.


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