Injuries sideline Tuck, Stokes

By Carl Adamec

STORRS, Conn. — The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will have a short bench Wednesday when it takes on Oakland (Mich.) at the XL Center in Hartford (7 p.m., SNY).

Reserve forwards Kiah Stokes and Morgan Tuck will miss the game with injuries. Stokes is sidelined due to a stress reaction in her right shin while Tuck will sit out with a bone bruise in her right knee.

“Morgan did a little bit today,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “She did some running and did some shooting drills. We’ll see how she feels.

“With Kiah, when we meet in California on the 26th we’ll see where we stands.”

Tuck, a freshman, is averaging 8.0 and 3.5 rebounds in eight games. She began wearing a wrap on her right knee about a month ago and said then it was as a precautionary measure. She hopes to be back for the second-ranked Huskies’ game with No. 1 Stanford Dec. 29.

In June 2009, Tuck tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.

Stokes, a sophomore, is averaging 2.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in eight games. She shares the team lead with 12 blocked shots. During the offseason she had surgery to repair a torn tendon in the right foot.

She said her shin had been bothering her for about a month. She played against Penn State on Dec. 6 but went to visit with athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle when the Huskies returned to practice.

“It’s just annoying,” Stokes said. “I worked so hard and then having surgery and being out and to get this … This one won’t be as long so it’s not that bad. But it is just annoying to have all of these setbacks.”