The UConn women’s basketball team bounced back from South Carolina’s No. 1 loss in the Bahamas at the right time, beating Seton Hall and then No. 22 Notre Dame by a total of 44 points. However, in Sunday’s match against the Irish Fighting, the Huskies found their sophomore star Paige Bueckers needed to off the floor after suffering a last-minute non-contact knee injury made UConn fans hold their breath.
On Tuesday, the team released CT scan results showing a “tibial plateau fracture” in Bueckers’ left knee that would keep her out for 6-8 weeks, meaning the Huskies will need to be treated. The direction for the next two months is likely not to suffer from the service of their top scorer.
Even for a program as deep as UConn, replacing a player who scores 21.2 points per game is a difficult question, especially since the Bueckers are, by far, their assist lead with 6.2 points per game and their top rebounder with 5.5 points a night. However, this is the team that will be favored in all of its conference games, even without Buecker, but it is possible that the star will miss the three biggest non-conference games remaining on the schedule. She’s definitely out when UConn hosts 7 Louisville on December 19, but the 6-8 week schedule leaves her uncertain about her status for the Huskies’ trip to Columbia for a rematch against South Carolina on January 27 and when they play with the host. to longtime rivals Tennessee on February 6 (right at the end of the 8-week window).
Hopefully Buecker can return for those two big games, but the Huskies will certainly consider a cautious approach to making sure their star is ready when it matters most in March, because of all the that team may reappear on the road to becoming a ministry nation.
https://uproxx.com/dimemag/paige-bueckers-uconn-knee-injury-fracture-out-6-8-weeks/ UConn’s Paige Bueckers will be out for 6-8 weeks with a knee injury