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Friday, February 20, 2015

Family bonds run deep for UConn's Tuck

Morgan Tuck will get to experience one Senior Day festivity up close and personal when teammates Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes make that emotional walk out to midcourt to greet UConn coach Geno Auriemma before the Feb. 28 game against Memphis.

However, it is easy to excuse Tuck is some of her thoughts are with another player set to be honored before her final regular-season home game on that day.

Tuck's older sister Taylor has always been something of a role model. She was the person who helped Morgan when she started to get serious about basketball which happened well before she was being sought after by some of the nation's premier programs.

Taylor Tuck is set to be honored in the University of Illinois' final regular-season game against Michigan a couple of hours  before Mosqueda-Lewis and Stokes are recognized in Storrs.

"She is really excited," Morgan Tuck said. "Right now she is trying to figure out what she wants to do after. I think it is hitting her that she only has a couple of months left in college."

Her younger sister won't be able to make it to Taylor Tuck's Senior Day event but her parents will proudly be there to offer support. Considering that the Tucks grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois, it would figure to be a short trip for David and Lydia Tuck to make it to the University of Illinois on Senior Night. That is not the case.

"My parents moved to Virginia at the beginning of this year," Morgan Tuck said, "My dad got a promotion so they will go back."

Morgan Tuck has mixed feelings about the fact that when she goes home, it will not be to see old friends in her hometown, just about 30 miles outside of Chicago but in a much different place.

"The house is better which is nice but it is kind of weird for me going back to the house," Tuck said. "It is great for my parents, my dad got a promotion and he deserved it. It is something new."

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