UConn’s Paige Bueckers Tears ACL and Will Miss Season

Paige Bueckers, the UConn ladies’s basketball star who missed most of final season with a knee harm, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee on Monday and will miss the 2022-23 season, the college introduced Wednesday.

Bueckers, a 20-year-old guard from Minnesota, missed practically three months of video games final season after having surgical procedure on her left knee in December however returned in February and led UConn to the nationwide championship sport. She sustained her new harm throughout a pickup basketball sport, UConn officers stated in an announcement.

Bueckers, a 5-foot-11 junior, may have surgical procedure on Friday, the college stated.

“It’s so loopy since you work so exhausting to get again wholesome, you’re feeling stronger than ever, and you’re taking part in your finest basketball and with one sudden motion all of it shifts,” Bueckers wrote on Instagram. “It’s exhausting attempting to make a lot sense of all of it now however I am unable to assist however suppose that God is utilizing me as an affidavit as to how a lot you possibly can overcome with Him by your facet.”

In normal, restoration time for an ACL harm is not less than eight months.

“We’re all devastated for Paige,” UConn Coach Geno Auriemma stated in an announcement. “She’s labored actually exhausting to get stronger and more healthy this low season, and that is an unlucky setback.

“Paige is clearly a tremendous basketball participant however she’s a greater particular person and teammate and it is actually unlucky that this has occurred to her. We’ll miss her presence on the court docket, however she’ll do every little thing she will be able to to nonetheless lead and assist her teammates this season.”

Bueckers had surgical procedure on her left knee on Dec. 13 to restore an anterior tibial plateau fracture and lateral meniscus tear that she suffered throughout UConn’s sport on Dec. 5 in opposition to Notre Dame.

She returned in late February and helped lead UConn to the Final Four. During a victory in opposition to Stanford within the semifinals, she landed on her unhealthy knee throughout a tussle for a leap ball and then lined her face together with her palms.

“Some issues, like what occurred final evening, are extra of an in-the-moment kind of ache and you possibly can simply shake it off,” Bueckers stated on the time. “I used to be simply stretching and ensuring I may get again within the sport as quickly as doable.”

Bueckers had 14 factors and six rebounds in a 64-49 loss to South Carolina within the ultimate.

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

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