Women's basketball links: UConn loses Mosqueda-Lewis & Tuck to injury, NLI signings, and the Ogwumike family

UConn's Morgan Tuck is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. - David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

10 links, beginning with UConn injury news and a small selection of college signings.

As thought the prospect of losing Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to injury for any extended period of time wasn't a big enough blow for the Connecticut Huskies, they've found out that the player expected to replace her will be out as well.

It was also National Letter of Intent day yesterday, so I'll throw in a few additional links from programs that piqued my interest.

  • John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant wrote that due to losing Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis indefinitely and forward Morgan Tuck for 4-6 weeks due to knee surgery UConn only has nine players available to play which is, "...enough to beat most teams, hardly enough to hold a decent practice on the road." With Maryland and Penn State coming up on Friday and Sunday, we'll find out how coach Geno Auriemma manages the rotation. Read more >>>

Tennessee's Holly Warlick describing her recent signings. (via UT Sports TV)
  • Cal Athletics announced that they have signed Bay Area teammates Mikayla Cowling and Gabby Green - that's a pair of 6-foot-2 wings to add to Brittany Boyd, Reshanda Gray and Courtney Range. Cal is only going to get better. Read more >>>
  • Tennessee Athletics announced that the Lady Vols had added a pair of 6-foot-1 wings of their own in addition to a top-5 point guard. Most importantly, Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick mentioned the 3-point shooting prowess of all three, which could make them among the most well-rounded teams in the country next season. Read more >>>
  • Michigan Athletics announced yesterday that they've signed four 2014 recruits. In a sign of what coach Kim Barnes Arico brings the program from a recruiting perspective, the release notes that she has been watching New Jersey native Katelynn Flaherty since middle school. Read more >>>
  • University of San Francisco Athletics announced a signing that represents their continued improvement in the Jennifer Azzi era as they continue to build a stronger profile locally with recruits: after signing Rachel Howard last year, they've signed one of the top scorers in California girls basketball history in Tiara Tucker. The 5-foot-6 Tucker is an impressive athlete who should be able to step in and contribute to the Dons right away along with a pretty solid core as-is. Read more >>>
  • Dylan Montz of the Iowa State Daily recapped Big 12 Player of the Week Hallie Christofferson's second double-double of the young season as Iowa State beat South Dakota. Although Christofferson finished with 25 points and 12 boards, she also shot just 7-for-21 from the field. Read more >>>
  • Adam Coleman of the Houston Chronicle wrote a feature about "the Ogwumike factory" that has produced stars Chiney and Nneka in addition to younger sisters Erica and Olivia, who are trying to carve out a legacy of their own in their last season of high school basketball together. Read more >>>
  • Lateefah Williams of the Washington Blade opines on Britney Griner’s recently reported experience with the WNBA’s rookie orientation program, which included sessions on make-up application and fashion tips. Although this is something that has been around for a while now, Williams suggests that the WNBA should be doing the opposite and try to counter entrenched gender norms by showcasing the entire spectrum of women. Read more >>>
  • SB Nation's Outsports posted a Q&A with former Olympic hockey player Caitlin Cahow about her philosophy on whether U.S. athletes should participate in the Sochi Olympics given Russia's anti-LGBT policies. In the interview, she was asked about why sports matter to her and her answer was something that women's basketball fans should be able to appreciate: "...it's impossible to talk about how important sports are to me without emphasizing the importance of the female athlete role models who came before me - starting with my mother, who was an elite figure skater. My early impressions of women were of strong, athletic, powerful, and intelligent women. This made me focus my life on becoming one of them." Read more >>>

Obviously, there's a lot more floating around the web today so feel free to drop additional links of interest to you in the comments or create a fanshot to share with the community. If you have a longer commentary, fanposts are always welcome.

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