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Thursday, November 27, 2014

UConn's Tuck still trying to find her game

When she was on the court in her first two seasons at UConn Morgan Tuck was close to automatic whenever she got into the lane.

However, as she continues to shake the rust off after being limited to just eight games in an injury-shortened 2013-14 season, Tuck was be uncharacteristically off target when going in for layups in the first three games.

"Tuck never gets in trouble because she is not not being aggressive," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Morgan gets in trouble because she wants to win, she wants to play well so bad that she is 100 miles an hour so when Morgan Tuck misses a layup, it is because she is in a hurry. Maybe she is in a hurry to get a bunch of stuff done that she couldn't get done last year."

Tuck agreed with Auriemma that she does seem to be in a hurry.

"I know sometimes I get too into the moment and go 'all right, just turn and make a hook shot,'" Tuck said. "I think he is definitely right, I have to slow myself down a lot of the times ."

The good news is that Tuck is off to a strong start. It is easy to forget the many dimensions of her game until she is back on the court. There is no questioning that she has an on-court chemistry with Breanna Stewart which can be traced to the fact that they have known each other since they were 14.

Tuck drew praise from Auriemma for the screens she set against Creighton and she has the ability to score inside and out which helps ease some of the pressure that Stewart deals with from opposing teams.

"Having Morgan in the lineup, you saw what it does for Stewie just having another play in the lineup that can stretch the defense a little bit, that can pass the ball, you get somebody in there with Stewie that is going to make a couple of 3s, get people out of the lane and feed the post a little bit."

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