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UConn's Dolson down, but not out

Updated: March 31, 2013, 6:23 PM ET
By espnW news services

Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson missed Sunday's practice and has a variety of nagging injuries, but the junior center is expected to play in Monday's regional final against Kentucky.

Dolson collided with a Maryland player in the first half of Saturday's 76-50 victory against the Terrapins. The 6-foot-5 Dolson left the game, but came back and played 13 minutes after the collision. She played 26 minutes total, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Sunday, Connecticut trainer Rosemary Ragle outlined Dolson's multiple injuries for ESPN's Holly Rowe.

Ragle said Dolson has a fibula stress fracture in her lower right leg, plantar fasciitis in her left leg and a left foot issue, for which she wears a foot plate. Dolson had also missed practices in the week before the Huskies arrived in Bridgeport for the regional.

What is bothering Dolson most, Ragle said, is the swelling associated with the stress fracture that is putting pressure on her lower right leg.

Dolson, averaging 13 points and 8.8 rebounds in six postseason games, is receiving treatment for the injuries and had not planned to practice Sunday.

"I am fine," Dolson told the Connecticut Post. "I got a lot of treatments last night. Rosemary worked on both feet, ankle. And I'm just ready to kind of fight through it and not let it faze me. I'm doing everything Rosemary tells me to and anything that's going to help me feel better."

Dolson told the Post she has no intention of missing Monday's game, or any game after that, should UConn advance to the Final Four.

"Nothing is going to keep me off the floor and keep me from playing with this team, and making it to the end goal of winning the national championship," Dolson said.

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