STORRS – Call it the first "twist" in UConn's national title defense.

Moriah Jefferson's sophomore season had been off to a great start. If there is a connection between the bounce in a player's step and the excited pace of her dribble, it could be seen in her soaring confidence.

But in the final minutes of Friday's exhibition game against Gannon, Jefferson turned her right ankle.

"Actually, I tweaked it twice," Jefferson said. "The first time was on offense and I said, 'Oh,' And then on defense I tried to stop and I could feel it again."

The injury prevented her from practicing Monday and she will not play Tuesday in the final exhibition game, at the XL Center against Philadelphia.

"I'm sure she will be ready to go come Saturday" for the season opener against Hartford, " coach Geno Auriemma said. "But as for tomorrow, she is going to be out. … At this time of the year, you don't want to put speed kids" in danger."

All it took to figure out how well Jefferson was playing was watching the way she comported herself in the first night scrimmage with the men's team in October.

The point guard's ball-handling was as flashy as it was effective, quick-paced, both hands, low to floor, up to her elbow. Whatever tentativeness characterized her debut season seems to be lost in that crossover.

"She's been pretty good for most of practice, taking advantage of the things she does well," Auriemma said. "She didn't shoot the ball from the perimeter [in Friday's game] and she has been shooting the ball well in practice.

"But you can just see the confidence level she has been playing with. That is not something that she was able to do as this point last year."

Jefferson started at the point in Friday's 101-35 win over Division II Gannon at Gampel and had 13 points, six assists and four steals in 17 bright-eyed minutes. She also made all seven free throws.

"It's all about being more confident," Jefferson said. "This is how I like to play in practice; have fun, be the one who hypes the team when the ball is in my hands. That is exactly how I played in Texas [before arriving at UConn].

"The coaches seem to like the way I am playing right now. I am trying to get my team involved in a lot of things and things are going well so far."

The Huskies final tuneup for the 2013-14 season is Tuesday against Division II Philadelphia University at the XL Center.

Philadelphia, formerly known as Philadelphia Textile, lost in overtime at Seton Hall on Saturday, which says as much about Seton Hall as Philadelphia. Auriemma and Philly's coach, Tom Shirley, have known each other since they were young.

"There's a big gap between us and many Division I teams and it's going to be there regardless of what Division II team we play," Auriemma said. "Every Division II team is the same. The tallest kid is 6-foot because if they were 6-2 they would play elsewhere. The guards are good ball-handlers, but too short to play Division I. Every kid is a great shooter, but too slow to play Division I. Every Division II team is exactly the same, just in another uniform."

Philadelphia's tallest players, forwards Toni Arnao and Mary Newell, are both 6 feet.

And if Tuesday's game follows the game path as Friday's, Auriemma will turn to his bench again for walk-ons Tierney Lawlor and Briana Pulido, who combined for seven minutes against Gannon.

Lawlor played 3:31 Friday and did not score. Pulido played just under three minutes and scored a double-clutch layup to get the Huskies more than 100 points in the 101-35 win.

"I don't have any rules for them" in terms of playing time," Auriemma said. "I just gauge what our expectations are for them every day in practice. They are way different than they are for everyone else in some areas. In other areas, they are the same. So if they do what we expect them to do every day then they are going to play. I hope they do get to play a lot. That means we're in pretty good shape."

No Offer to Jekot

High school sophomore Kelly Jekot, who attended Friday's game on an unofficial visit, said she did not receive a scholarship offer from the Huskies. Jekot, who almost made USA Basketball's U16 team this summer despite not being invited to try out, has received offers from Maryland, Vanderbilt, Villanova and St. Joseph's (Pa.) … Former UConn forward Michala Johnson led Wisconsin with 24 points in her first exhibition game appearance with the Badgers. Johnson's sister, freshman Malayna, also plays for the program.