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Depleted UConn postpones game due to lack of available players

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UConn has postponed its Sunday game against DePaul due to a lack of healthy players.

The Big East conference requires schools to field seven scholarship players for a game. Currently, the Huskies have just six active players, according to the school.

“The wellbeing of our players is first and foremost,” associate head coach Chris Dailey said. “We look forward to rescheduling the game with DePaul.”

The team was also expected to be without head coach Geno Auriemma once again, after Auriemma announced on Thursday that he is taking some time away to recover from an illness.

Both Aaliyah Edwards and Ayanna Patterson suffered injuries in UConn’s win over Xavier on Thursday. Caroline Ducharme, Azzi Fudd, Paige Bueckers and Ice Brady are all also out with injuries. Both Bueckers and Brady are out for the remainder of the season.

Edwards suffered what has been called both a right foot and ankle injury during the first half of the win on Thursday. It’s unclear how or when Patterson was hurt.

“At UConn, the health and wellbeing of our student-athletes will always be our top priority,” David Benedict, the school’s athletic director, said in a statement. “Our women’s basketball program has unfortunately been affected by an unprecedented number of injuries this season.

“While it’s unfortunate that we need to postpone Sunday’s game, it’s the right call to protect the safety of our student-athletes. We will work with the Big East and DePaul on options to reschedule the game.”