UConn’s Bueckers broken bone, could miss up to 2 months


STORAGE, Conn. – UConn star Paige Bueckers suffered a fracture just below his left knee and will be sidelined for two months, the school said on Tuesday.

Last season’s women’s college basketball player was dribbling across the field with less than 40 seconds left in Sunday’s 73-54 win over Notre Dame when she tripped and clumsily descended. She has to be taken out of court.

The school said MRI and CT scans showed she had a tibial plateau fracture, a fracture of the tibia extending to the knee joint. It has an estimated recovery time of between six and eight weeks.

UConn coach Geno Aureimma said the school would be in no rush to get the Bueckers back on the field.

“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 about what’s best for them in the long run,” he said. “Every decision made will prioritize what is best for Paige and her career. Everyone involved in this program will be there to support Paige in her healing process. “


The Bueckers are averaging 21.2 points, 6.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds for No. 3 UConn.

Dr. Michael Miranda, director of orthopedics at Hartford Hospital, who did not treat Bueckers, describes a tibial plateau fracture caused by the femur, or femur, striking the spongy end of the tibia, a bone in the lower leg. foot, as a result of an acute stop.

“It was pinched, a lot like Styrofoam, and it was her impact wound,” he said.

Ski star Lindsey Vonn suffered a similar injury in 2016. Miranda said such injuries usually don’t require surgery and heal relatively quickly with rehabilitation.

“It sounds terrible, but she is really lucky, because the recovery from this bony injury is so much quicker than the recovery from the ACL (tears),” he said. . “You hate to see an athlete injured in any way, but at the same time, ACL versus a concussion injury to the tibial plateau, this is a much better injury.”


Huskies (5-1) visit Georgia Tech on Thursday. They also don’t have freshman Azzi Fudd. The nation’s consensus top player was last year resting with a strain injury in his right foot and is expected to be out for at least two weeks.


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