Dolson Expected To Take Entire Summer Off

UConn All-Americans Stefanie Dolson, Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis are expected to be invited to participate in the World University Games trials May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck are expected to be invited to participate in the U-19 trials, which will be held during the same time period at the same site.

Dolson, though, is expected to decline her invitation in an effort to continue to work herself back to full strength after playing the NCAA tournament with a stress fracture in a non-weight bearing bone in her right ankle and plantar fasciitis in her left foot.

“The last time I talked to her, given where she is right now, she’s leaning towards just taking the whole summer off,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.

Dolson still managed to average 9.0 points, a team-high 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.2 blocks in 24.3 minutes over six games in the NCAA tournament as the Huskies won their record-tying eighth national championship. This display of toughness concluded an All-American season that saw her average 13.6 points, a team-high 7.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 blocks in 26.8 minutes over 38 games. She established career-highs in every category and was ranked second nationally in field goal percentage (.593).

The top priority at this point is having Dolson completely healthy for her senior season.

“She’s going to be a high (WNBA) draft choice,’’ Auriemma said. “I don’t think that’s any issue. I just want her to be healthy. I want her to have a great senior year. That’s my main concern. There’s going to be plenty of USA Basketball opportunities in the future. And she’s done enough with USA Basketball. They know who she is and they know what she can do. So I’m glad she’s taking the summer off.’’