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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Connecticut Sun's Hightower hopes to return to court next week

Normally the last thing a team on a five-game winning streak wants is an eight-day break between games. However, for Allison Hightower and the Connecticut Sun the bizarre scheduling quirk could prove to be just what the doctor ordered.

The Sun played four games in six days and won each of them. Hightower, a former all-star guard, missed the last three contests due to a knee injury. Connecticut Sun coach Anne Donovan said that Hightower is truly day to day so a return can't be too far away. After Tuesday's win over Indiana I caught up with Hightower to see if she has an idea of when she will be returning to the court.

"Hopefully within the next week," Hightower said. "I am doing different tests and rehab every day and hopefully I'll be playing next week. It (the eight-day break) is a perfect time for me because I am able to get myself back and see if I can get back next week."

Hightower admits that she has no idea how she suffered the knee injury but after feeling something strange while walking, she had it checked out by the Sun's medical staff.

Considering how young this Connecticut Sun team is, the fact that the Sun were also to keep winning while one of the team's best perimeter defenders and top offensive options was sitting on the sidelines was an impressive achievement.

"I am proud of this team," Hightower said, "Everybody continues to work hard every day on the court and in practice. Everybody gives that energy we need night in and night out and everybody is stepping up.

"Everybody gets along in here, we all have one goal in here, we all want to win. It feels good to win and when we are at home, we protect our home court. It feels good but we know we don't want to stop here, it is only the beginning and want to keep moving forward and continue to get better."


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