UConn said it would not provide a medical update on the condition of junior forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis on Tuesday but would make an announcement Wednesday.
Mosqueda-Lewis, a WBCA All-American and preseason first-team All-American, injured her right arm in an awkward fall early in the second half of Monday's 76-57 win over Stanford at Gampel Pavilion.
Once she fell, the 9,529 in the arena fell mostly silent, leaving the sound of her cries to fill the arena.
Athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle helped Mosqueda-Lewis support her arm as she led her to the locker room.
"Kaleena said it was probably one of the most painful things that she felt, but she was going to be all right," said guard Bria Hartley.
Coach Geno Auriemma did his best to inject humor into the serious line of questioning he was getting after the game.
"Rosemary spent a lot of time with [Mosqueda-Lewis] on the floor, asking her questions," Auriemma said. "I was happy I was there because Rosie was getting some of the answers from her that I usually do. … No one could understand what Kaleena was saying, so I felt pretty good about that."
UConn's first update listed the injury as a right arm injury. On Tuesday, after an MRI, the announcement of the diagnosis was delayed.
"She is one of my closest friends, so I wish the best for her," said Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike. "It's just unfortunate, but there were a lot of bodies colliding."
UConn's next two games, both on the road, pose challenges. The Huskies play at Maryland on Friday and Penn State on Sunday.
"Not easy, is it," Auriemma said. "Two big, strong physical teams; it's difficult. It's not exactly like they will let you do what you want. But you know what? Maybe it is supposed to be difficult."
The loss of Mosqueda-Lewis is not likely to push the program off its rails as it pursues a ninth national championship.
"UConn has no chumps in its lineup," said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer.
But it does make the trip bumpier.
"The way I look at these things is, we play with fingers crossed the entire season," Auriemma said. "But it was disheartening."
Mosqueda-Lewis gave UConn a precise perimeter shooter. Her 118 three-pointers last season were a single-season program record. And she was working daily to improve other aspects of her game.
"She's been really good at practice," Auriemma said. "She's just working at becoming a better player by doing more things than just seeing shots."
But unlike 95 percent of the other programs it compete with, UConn's has the players to compensate.
Initially, it likely will turn to sophomore Morgan Tuck beginning Friday at Maryland. Tuck's play this year, both during the exhibition season and first two games, has been exemplary.
"She does the things all good players do and I have been saying that since she came here last season," Auriemma said. "She passes, she dribbles, she shoots, she rebounds."
Tuck has scored 17 points in 30 minutes in wins over Hartford and Stanford and is rebounding and passing well. She also made two three-pointers Monday against the Cardinal, which will help somewhat to fill in for Mosqueda-Lewis.
When point guard Moriah Jefferson had to miss the second exhibition game with an ankle sprain, Tuck started.
"In cases like that, I favor experience," said Auriemma, who could have used freshman Saniya Chong instead. "I trust Morgan because she helps us at a lot of positions. But I don't want my players to think this team has starters and reserves.
"You never know what is going to happen or what the situation or circumstances will be."
It will also mean more playing time for junior Kiah Stokes who played well Monday. Stokes had 10 points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes, prompting Auriemma to say it was her best game ever for the program.
"I don't know if we would have won the game without [Stokes]," Auriemma said.
Now comes the tough part; what to do for the long term.
"Find a way to sustain," Auriemma said. "That's what makes good players. It's about finding a way to do things over a long period of time. It's about doing something on Saturday and figuring out how to do it again on Monday — and next Tuesday and Thursday and Sunday."