Geno Auriemma's Huskies have been without two of their best players -- Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Morgan Tuck -- for several weeks now. KML is recovering from an elbow injury while Tuck had arthroscopic knee surgery. But for the first time since they were sidelined, the program received some encouraging news: The players could be cleared to practice with the team next week, according to SNY.com's Carl Adamec.
Either way, neither will play Thursday night vs. UC-Davis, but it's unclear if they'll be available when the Huskies travel to Duke on Dec. 17.
I think both of them are almost on a similar timetable,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said Wednesday. “I was talking to Rosemary (athletic trainer Ragle) today and she’s got her fingers crossed hoping that maybe we can get both of them back at the same time, meaning both able to play at the same time. I don’t know if they will both start practice at the same time, but hopefully we can get both ready to play at the same time.”
Mosqueda-Lewis, who has been working out with a brace on her shooting arm, says things are coming along.
“It feels a lot better and it’s a lot less trouble to shoot with,” she said. “I’m good. Today was the most that I shot, maybe for 30-45 minutes. That’s good for me. Obviously my elbow is going to be a little bit sore but I’ll just have to work through it.”
And Tuck admits that sitting out has been tough.
“Everyone wants to be out there on the court,” she told Adamec. “It’s relieving to know that I’ll soon be back at practice.”
Tuck also said the knee is pain-free.
The good news is that the Huskies are 9-0 without Mosqueda-Lewis and Tuck, but as we move into the new year and UConn's AAC schedule begins, Auriemma will want a healthy roster as the team eyes its national title defense.