Sports · August 4, 2022

UConn’s Paige Buecker snatches ACL and will miss the season

Paige Bueckers, the UConn women’s basketball star who missed most of the last season due to a knee injury, tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on Monday and will miss the 2022-23 season, announced Wednesday. ‘university.

Bueckers, a 20-year-old guard from Minnesota, missed nearly three months of matches last season after undergoing left knee surgery in December, but returned in February and led UConn to the national championship game. She suffered her new injury during a basketball game, UConn officials said in a statement.

Bueckers, a young man of 5 feet 11, will be operated on Friday, the university said.

“It’s so crazy because you work so hard to get back healthy, you feel stronger than ever and you are playing your best basketball and with a sudden movement everything changes,” Bueckers wrote on Instagram. “It’s hard to try to make sense of all of this now, but I can’t help but think that God is using me as a testimony of how much you can overcome with Him by your side.”

In general, the recovery time for an ACL injury is at least eight months.

“We are all devastated for Paige,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “You have worked very hard to become stronger and healthier this off-season, and this is an unfortunate setback.

“Paige is obviously a fantastic basketball player, but she’s a better person and teammate and it’s really a shame that happened to her. We will miss her presence on the pitch, but this season she will do everything to guide and help her teammates. “

Bueckers underwent surgery on his left knee on Dec. 10 to repair an anterior tibial plateau fracture and a lateral meniscus injury he sustained during UConn’s game Dec. 5 against Notre Dame.

She returned in late February and helped lead UConn to the Final Four. During a win over Stanford in the semifinals, she landed on her sore knee during a brawl over a jump ball and then covered her face with her hands.

“Some things, like what happened last night, are more of a momentary kind of pain and you can just shake it off,” Bueckers said at the time. “I was just stretching and making sure I could get back into the game as soon as possible.”

Bueckers scored 14 points and six rebounds in the 64-49 defeat to South Carolina in the final.

Bueckers was named Associated Press and Naismith College Player of the Year as a freshman for the 2020-21 season when she averaged 20.0 points, 5.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds.