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Caroline Ducharme becomes 5th UConn player out for the season

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STORRS, CT - NOVEMBER 16: UConn Huskies guard Caroline Ducharme (33) drives to the basket against Maryland Terrapins guard Jakia Brown-Turner (11) during a college basketball game between Maryland Terrapins and UConn Huskies on November 16, 2023, at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

UConn women’s basketball’s Caroline Ducharme is out for the remainder of the season, the school announced Tuesday.

Ducharme has been dealing with head and neck injuries that have kept her out of the team’s lineup to this point. On Tuesday, Ducharme said that while she’s been working to return, she’s made the “difficult decision” to focus on a full recovery for next season.

“I have been working tirelessly with my medical team to make a full return to basketball after sustaining head and neck injuries,” she said in a statement. “It has honestly been a frustrating process with many ups and downs. At this time, the difficult decision was made to take a step back and not play the remainder of the 2023-24 season so I can focus on my recovery full time.”

She’s the fifth player to miss UConn’s season with an injury, joining freshman forward Jana El Alfy (Achilles), junior guard Azzi Fudd (ACL), senior forward Aubrey Griffin (ACL) and post player Ayanna Patterson (knee).

The injuries leave the Huskies with just nine available players.

Ducharme played just four games this year, the same amount of games she missed as a freshman. She missed 17 games last year with concussion issues.