Tuck Making Progress For Huskies; Stokes Still Has A Way To Go

Freshman Morgan Tuck missed her second straight game today at Hartford with a right knee bone bruise. UConn coach Geno Auriemma said that she has no recollection of how the injury occurred.

The hope is that Tuck, who is averaging 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 16.4 minutes in eight games this season, will be able to return when the Huskies meet No. 1 Stanford Dec. 29.

“She had a couple of pretty good practices, as a matter of fact,’’ Auriemma said. “But where we are right now with her is practice, look at it, no swelling, practice again tomorrow. `How did it come out?’ `It looks good.’ `OK, practice again tomorrow.’ `OK, now how did it come out?’ `Not good.’ `OK, no practice tomorrow.’ We actually based on yesterday’s practice … We actually felt like Thursday she was good and it was `OK if she’s good Friday she’s going to play Saturday.’ And she practiced a little bit yesterday and this morning came up to Gampel for shootaround, `Nope, no go.’ So I think that’s the way it’s going to be. But every day it gets better and better.

“We need her on the court. We’ve got to have her back. There’s a reason why she led that (2012 U.S. U-18) team in scoring instead of Breanna Stewart. She’s just really good. She started that first exhibition (against Indiana, Pa. Nov. 2) because she was so much better than everybody else.’’

Tuck actually led the entire field at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship in scoring (17.8). Stewart was tied for second (14.0).

Sophomore Kiah Stokes also missed her second straight game today with a stress reaction in her right shin. Her situation is more serious than that of Tuck.

Stokes is listed as doubtful for UConn’s two-game trip to Stanford and Oregon Dec. 31. Auriemma said he believes that this is a long-term injury for Stokes.

“I don’t know how long,’’ Auriemma said. “It’s going to be a little bit longer than this week or next week, probably. I hope (she plays at) Oregon or Stanford. But I’m not holding out high hopes for it. But you never know.’’