There is no cause for concern because Kelly Faris is wearing a boot on her right foot while she is not playing. Faris said as much following practice today at Gampel Pavilion.
Faris has had pain in her Achilles tendon.
“Now I’m in (the boot) all the time just to give it some rest,’’ Faris said. “It’s really nothing.’’
Faris also said that Saturday’s game against Seton Hall at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. could be the final time she has to wear a protective mask on her face due to the broken nose she suffered in practice Dec. 18.
“We want to get it so it’s starting to heal more so if I get hit again it doesn’t crack up and put me out longer,’’ Faris said.
Faris said one of her friends had fun at her expense last week when they gave her a pair of those toy Groucho Marx-like black glasses with the big nose for Christmas.
Lorin Dixon was upbeat today talking about her health. She missed the first nine games this season with a strained left hamstring and played just 51 seconds against Stanford in her debut Dec. 23. But she was able to play 11 minutes at Florida State Monday without incident.
Dixon said she is back to 100 percent health … mentally and physically.
“It was good,’’ Dixon said. “It really did help me. I didn’t think I was going to play, but going out there and playing was just a big boost for me, especially against a really good team like Florida State. So just playing 11 minutes the other night I felt good. I felt like, `Alright, you’re fine. That’s a great team. You ran up and down. You got your feet wet. You’re good to go. There’s nothing that’s going to hold you back anymore.’’’
Geno Auriemma again spent time pondering UConn’s greatness over the last decade. He said that the 2000 national championship is right there at the top when compared to the seven titles he has won during his Hall of Fame tenure with the Huskies.
“I think the 2000 team will always be one of my favorites because it was proving that we could do it again,’’ Auriemma said. “More people have won one than have won two. So to get a second one kind of makes your program a little bit more than just a one-hit wonder. Plus, it was in my hometown and there were a lot of friends and family and everybody there. So I think that was probably … And then the 2003 and ’04 teams because it was a bunch of young players and Diana (Taurasi) and I don’t think anyone expected that we would be able to do that after all those guys left. So I don’t know that any of them stand out more than the rest, but the 2000 team and what that team did … And we should’ve been undefeated. So I always remind them of that. And they don’t want to hear it because that still burns them up that we lost that one game (72-71 to Tennessee at Gampel Pavilion Feb. 2, 2000). I can’t believe that was 10 years ago.’’
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