Tuck Shines At Marquette In Her Return

UConn coach Geno Auriemma has been boasting about the ability of versatile 6-foot-2 freshman forward Morgan Tuck since the start of practice Oct. 13. But for the past several weeks she has been hampered by a bone bruise in her right knee and has been unable to truly showcase her skills.

Tuck missed two games before returning at Stanford Dec. 29. She played against the Cardinal, at Oregon Dec. 31 and against Notre Dame Jan. 5. But then further problems with her knee forced her to miss Wednesday’s game at Georgetown.

She was back in the rotation today at Marquette. And, again, she demonstrated why Auriemma is so high on her by generating seven points, a season-high nine rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes.

“Morgan’s a good player. There’s no doubt about it,’’ Auriemma said. “She’s a good player and she’s been a good player since the first day of practice at Connecticut. It’s just unfortunate that we haven’t been able to get her the kind of time that I would like to get her. But hopefully she comes out of this pretty good tomorrow and then she’s good on Monday and then play Tuesday (against No. 15 Louisville) and then she’s got a couple days off Wednesday and Thursday before we play again on Saturday (against Syracuse). So I’m hopeful that this is a good start for in the right direction now.’’