UConn women’s basketball entered the day with a limited bench, and it showed in the team’s 85-78 loss to Maryland.
It was announced prior to the game that Nika Muhl, who went down in the team’s game against Princeton after hitting her head, was in concussion protocol and would not be playing. The team was also without Dorka Juhasz who continues to recover from a broken thumb.
The absences, which added to UConn’s already depleted roster, meant that the Huskies had just two players available on the bench.
UConn's bench is only two-deep due to injuries.❌ Azzi Fudd ❌ Ice Brady❌ Nika Muhl ❌ Dorka Juhasz❌ Paige Bueckers pic.twitter.com/RuRKMlTIVx— espnW (@espnW) December 11, 2022
UConn's bench is only two-deep due to injuries.❌ Azzi Fudd ❌ Ice Brady❌ Nika Muhl ❌ Dorka Juhasz❌ Paige Bueckers pic.twitter.com/RuRKMlTIVx
Aliyah Edwards took on the bulk of the load, scoring a personal-best 25 points while adding eight rebounds and seven assists. Aubrey Griffin contributed a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The fight didn’t die from UConn, as all but two players scored in double-digits for the Huskies.
But it wasn’t enough, as Abby Meyers led Maryland with 20 points and six rebounds.
She was joined by Shyanne Sellers, Diamond Miller and Brinae Alexander in double-digits as the Terrapins earned their first win over UConn in program history. In total, the team forced 22 turnovers out of the Huskies.
UConn head coach Geno Auriemma was also coaching with a heavy heart, as his mother Marsiella passed away on Thursday. He still made the trip to College Park, however, to coach his squad.
On Sunday, he expressed his pride for the team despite the loss.
“I couldn’t be prouder of my team and how we represented ourselves,” he said. “It was a gutsy, amazing performance.”