By Carl Adamec
Bria Hartley will not play in the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team’s exhibition game with Indiana University of Pennsylvania Friday night due to an injury to her left ankle.
But it may be some time before the junior All-American guard will play at all.
UConn announced Thursday that Hartley is out indefinitely, saying in a statement, “It has been determined that her ankle needs more time to heal so this does not become a season-long, nagging injury.”
Hartley originally injured the ankle at the FIBA 3×3 world championships in Athens, Greece, in August. But as the Huskies began their preseason workouts, the ankle did not improve as they had hoped.
She was held out of the start of official practice on Oct. 13. She had been using a walking boot and an MRI taken last month revealed no structural damage.
The North Babylon, N.Y. native received a cortisone shot in the ankle Oct. 23 and she hoped to return to practice this week.
Now there’s no timetable for her return.
Hartley averaged 14.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.8 assists a season ago. She became the fourth UConn sophomore named to the WBCA All-America team, joining Svetlana Abrosimova (1999), Diana Taurasi (2002), and Maya Moore (2009) and the third UConn sophomore to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Hartley did not miss a game in her first two years at UConn. The Huskies open the regular season Nov. 11 against the College of Charleston at Gampel Pavilion.