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UConn confirms Aubrey Griffin tore ACL, out for season

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HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 31: UConn Huskies guard Aubrey Griffin (44) fast breaks during the women's college basketball game between Marquette Golden Eagles and UConn Huskies on December 31, 2023, at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

UConn senior forward Aubrey Griffin will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ACL tear in her left knee, the team announced Wednesday.

Griffin is set to have surgery “at a later date,” per the team’s statement.

The fifth-year senior suffered the injury on Jan. 3 in the team’s win over Creighton. Prior to the injury, Griffin was averaging 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds through 14 games. She’s the fourth player to suffer a season-ending injury for UConn this season. She joins Azzi Fudd (ACL/meniscus), Ayanna Patterson (knee) and forward Jana El Alfy (Achilles) on the list. Junior guard Caroline Ducharme is currently out indefinitely with head and neck spasms.

The outlook for the injury had not been good, with a Creighton team doctor telling UConn head coach Geno Auriemma that the knee was “very unstable.”

There had been no contact on the injury.

“Aubrey’s had to overcome a lot. She had one of these [injuries in high school],” Auriemma said after the game against Creighton. “She missed a year at UConn when she needed back surgery. You’re just heartbroken for the kid when it’s their last year and something like this happens.

“The basketball part is actually really secondary, you try to say, ‘Wow, how are we going to replace her on the basketball court?’ I don’t think anybody thinks like that. It’s more the rest of your teammates knowing that you’re going to have to fight your way through this, and it’s not an easy one.”