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Jenkins still questionable for UConn

USF senior Alisia Jenkins exits the Sun Dome floor via crutches following the Bulls' 108-63 rout of UCF on Tuesday.

JOEY KNIGHT | Times

USF senior Alisia Jenkins exits the Sun Dome floor via crutches following the Bulls' 108-63 rout of UCF on Tuesday.

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Bulls career rebounding leader Alisia Jenkins (left ankle) remains questionable for Sunday's home showdown with top-ranked Connecticut, but Coach Jose Fernandez spoke Friday as if he's preparing to face the Huskies without his 6-foot stalwart.

Jenkins injured the ankle during a tie-up in the paint in the second quarter of Tuesday's 108-63 rout of UCF. She wailed in agony on the floor for roughly three minutes before being helped off, and returned to the bench on crutches in the second half.

She didn't play in Thursday's 83-56 home win against SMU, snapping a streak of 105 consecutive starts.

Her status for Sunday is "still up in the air," Fernandez told reporters at the Muma Center on Friday. "She didn't go through shootaround (Thursday) and she didn't go through warm-ups. If she doesn't, we'll just have to...have other guys step up. It's one game."

The Bulls' top rebounder (13.3 rpg) and No. 2 scorer (12.8), Jenkins was replaced in Thursday night's lineup by 6-foot Denmark native Maria Jespersen (seven points, five boards in 18 minutes).

"After Connecticut we've got another 14 league games and then the conference tournament," Fernandez said.

"Our goal, where we want to get to before the NCAA Tournament, we'll probably see 'em two more times: one time at their place and then for the conference championship. And then to get to where we want to get to, you're gonna have to probably play 'em in the NCAA Tournament. I know it's a big deal, it's a big home game, we're gonna have a great turnout, but it's one game."

[Last modified: Friday, January 8, 2016 4:37pm]

    

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