UConn’s Paige Bueckers to take 6-8 weeks off with broken knee

UConn Sophomore women’s basketball player Paige Bueckers will be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a left knee fracture she suffered on Sunday.

The reigning Player of the Year had an MRI and CT scan on Monday that revealed a fractured tibial plateau. The Bueckers fell with 40 seconds left in the Huskies’ 73-54 win over Notre Dame while dribbling to the floor. She was carried out of the Gampel Pavilion floor by two comrades.

“Obviously, we are all extremely disappointed for Paige and she has suffered through this injury,” Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “It’s really hard to describe how much basketball means to Paige and her teammates. It’s really hard to describe how much it means to her. Unable to do what she loves, being there for her teammates. team, it was really difficult for her.

“We’ve had injured players in the past and my philosophy here is: I don’t care how quickly we can bring someone back; I care what What’s best for them in the long run. Every decision made will prioritize what’s best for Paige and her career. Everyone involved in this program will be there to support Paige in her healing process. she. “

The Bueckers, who underwent right ankle surgery in April, lead UConn 3 in points per game (21.2), assists (6.2), steals (2.7) and minutes (36.3), and is second on the team in terms of bounces (5.5) and blocks (0.8). She was named Naismith, Wooden, AP, espnW and USBWA Player of the Year as a freshman.

The estimated recovery time will bring the Bueckers back in mid-to-late January, ahead of UConn’s rematch with the South Carolina No.

UConn’s depth, which seemed like a pre-season powerhouse, dwindled in the first month of the season. In addition to Bueckers, freshman Azzi Fudd is also sidelined with a foot injury. She will be reevaluated next week. Junior Aubrey Griffin was also unavailable due to ankle and back injuries, and no timetable for her return has been shared.

UConn (5-1) returns against Georgia Tech on Thursday. It has upcoming non-conference games against UCLA on Saturday and No. 7 Louisville on Dec. 19. After a 10-day break, UConn opens a seven-match stretch against Big East rivals on Dec. December 29. The Huskies’ only loss was No. 1 South Carolina, and the teams are scheduled to play again on January 27 at Columbia.

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