UConn women’s basketball just keeps winning, in spite of their continued bad luck.
The No. 5 Huskies (13-2) beat Xavier 73-37 on Thursday even as they dealt with the absence of head coach Geno Auriemma for the second straight game, as well as yet another injury to a star player.
Junior standout Aliyah Edwards injured her ankle while chasing after a loose ball and did not play in the second half. Edwards’ injury reduced the number of available players to seven for the final two quarters.
“She tweaked her ankle a little bit when she went over and made that hustle play into the chairs,” said associate head coach Chris Dailey, who moved to a 17-0 career record as acting head coach for UConn. “It just wasn’t in the cards for her to play the second half. We were up by a lot. So hopefully it’s just a little bit of a tweak, and we’ll know more tomorrow.”
Edwards is one of just three UConn players to have appeared in every game this season, and the depleted Huskies regularly utilize seven- or eight-player rotations
Azzi Fudd remains out with a knee injury, while Paige Bueckers and Ice Brady both will miss the entire season. Caroline Ducharme missed her second straight game Thursday while in concussion protocol, and Dorka Juhász and Aubrey Griffin have also missed time this season.
“We’ve tried the sage burning, we’ve tried holy water, we’ve tried a lot of things. None of them have really seemed to work,” Dailey said of the Huskies’ injury luck. “But it’s just something we have to deal with. We’re not the only team that has to deal with it. Whatever we have and whoever we have, we have enough.
“We hope Aaliyah’s ready [Sunday] … we just have to go with what we’ve got.”