Injury troubles continue for UConn women’s basketball, as star guard Azzi Fudd is out indefinitely after reinjuring her right knee.
Fudd exited Sunday’s win against Georgetown with the injury, then missed Tuesday’s win against Seton Hall to undergo testing. There is “no timeline” for her return, the team announced Friday.
Still, UConn coach Geno Auriemma provided a bit more information Friday afternoon, saying Fudd will not bear any weight on her knee for the next two weeks. She will be reevaluated after that.
The first injury to her right knee came in a Dec. 4 loss to Notre Dame. While Fudd missed the next eight games for the No. 5 Huskies (16-2), she returned on Jan. 11, scoring 14 points in 20 minutes off the bench to help the team to a dominant win against St. John’s.
“It sucked,” Fudd said of her injury after that game. “Any injury for anyone, it’s always the worst. Just having to sit on the side for so long and having to watch everyone with the injuries we’ve been dealing with, having to watch our team go through these ups and downs and knowing that I can’t be on the court helping them has been worse. So I’m just really happy to be back on the floor.”
Four days later, in UConn’s next game, she reinjured her knee. After the Georgetown win, Auriemma described the issue as a “tweak” and said it “didn’t sound serious at all.” But she missed the Huskies’ next game, and now there is no estimate for when she might return.
NEWS: Azzi Fudd reinjured her right knee in the Huskies’ game vs. Georgetown on Jan. 15. No timeline will be released for Fudd’s return to play. pic.twitter.com/av5RHRV0bn— UConn Women’s Basketball (@UConnWBB) January 20, 2023
NEWS: Azzi Fudd reinjured her right knee in the Huskies’ game vs. Georgetown on Jan. 15. No timeline will be released for Fudd’s return to play. pic.twitter.com/av5RHRV0bn
The 20-year-old’s latest stint on the sidelines adds to her already troubling injury history. She tore the ACL and MCL in her right knee following her sophomore season at St. John’s College High School (D.C.), and she missed 11 games with a foot injury in her freshman season at UConn.
This season, she is averaging a team-leading 17.9 points for the Huskies, but she has played in just nine of their 18 games.
And UConn’s injury issues have extended well beyond Fudd in the 2022-23 campaign.
Just two players (Aaliyah Edwards and Lou Lopez Sénéchal) have appeared in every game for the Huskies so far.
Paige Bueckers tore her ACL in August, and freshman Ice Brady is also out for the season with a dislocated right patella. Dorka Juhász, Aubrey Griffin and Nika Muhl all have missed time, and Caroline Ducharme and Ayanna Patterson have missed the last few games in concussion protocol.
“Injuries are a part of the game, and some years, it’s worse than others,” Auriemma said after Tuesday’s game. “It’s one thing to have them; it’s another thing to let them become all-consuming, and that’s all you concern yourself with. And you complain about the injuries and whine about them: ‘Woe is me’ and ‘Why are we going through this again?’ We never allow ourselves to do that. We just show up with the guys we have, and if we can put five guys on the floor, then we feel like we have a chance to win every game.”