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UConn Top Scorer To Miss 2 Weeks

February 3, 2001

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Aided by crutches, Svetlana Abrosimova hobbled on the Gampel Pavilion court Saturday to high-five each of her teammates after they completed their layup drill.

The leading scorer for No. 2 Connecticut will have to be the team’s leading cheerleader for at least two weeks while she recovers from a sprained left foot. The 6-foot-2 senior forward was injured going up for a rebound in Thursday’s loss to No. 3 Tennessee.

The fifth-leading scorer in school history had a back injury in December and more recently a sore ankle, but she never lost any playing time, until now.

``It’s been tough,″ she said. ``You got to deal with injuries.″

Abrosimova leads the Huskies with 14 points a game and has a team-high 54 steals. She’s second in rebound average with 6.5 a game. She had 18 points against Tennessee before the injury with 9:22 left to play and was coming off a career-high 25-point performance against Syracuse.

``I felt like I could have played like that the whole year,″ she said. ``Now I don’t know.″

Freshman Diana Taurasi will start in Abrosimova’s place Sunday against Villanova. She scored a career-high 24 points against Tennessee.

Abrosimova will miss at least four games, including a game against No. 14 Rutgers. She wants to be ready for the Jan. 23 game against St. John’s. Her parents will there to see her play for the first time in the United States.

Oleg and Ludmila Abrosimova have saved for a year on his shipyard worker’s wages _ the equivalent of $3,000 _ to come to America. It will be their first trip out of Russia.

Abrosimova doesn’t plan to disappoint them.

``I’ll play,″ she said. ``I’ll be back.″