Hartley, Stewart Sidelined By Left Ankle Sprains

All-American Bria Hartley missed six weeks earlier this season with a sprained left ankle. She would miss the first two games of regular season.

The injury resurfaced early in today’s 85-51 win at Marquette when she when was forced to leave the game for good with 15:29 left in the first half. She had the ankle re-taped on the bench by UConn athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle before returning to the locker room for the remainder of the first half.

Hartley spent the second half seated on the UConn bench.

“Bria just rolled her ankle so we’re waiting to see, tomorrow or something,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “But she rolled it and it’s the same one that was bothering before. So I just thought it’s best don’t push your luck.’’

Said UConn sophomore Stefanie Dolson: “It’s unfortunate. But she’s a strong person and mentally I think we’ll all help her through it.’’

Freshman Breanna Stewart did not play at all against the Golden Eagles, sidelined by a sprained left ankle.

“Breanna Stewart stepped on somebody’s foot yesterday,’’ Auriemma said. “I think it was Kaleena (Mosqueda-Lewis’). And turned her ankle and that was that. There’s not much you can do about those things. I hopeful that both them will be back Tuesday (against No. 15 Louisville). Some sprained ankles are than other so we’ll see.’’