Just days after postponing its matchup with DePaul due to a lack of healthy players, UConn is ready to take the court once again.
The No. 4 Huskies have dealt with injuries and absences all season, the latest of which dropped them below the Big East’s requirement of seven scholarship players available to compete. UConn would have had just six players for the game against DePaul, originally scheduled for Sunday but rescheduled for Jan. 23.
Aaliyah Edwards, who had been the glue for the lineup during a chaotic season, was the latest player to go down with an injury. The junior standout suffered a lower leg injury during the Huskies’ win over Xavier last Thursday, but she will be back for Wednesday’s road contest against St. John’s.
Edwards is averaging 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 63.4% in 15 games played for the Huskies.
She is one of just three players to appear in every game this season, alongside Lou Lopez Sénéchal and Ayanna Patterson. But on Wednesday, that number will dwindle to two, as Patterson is in concussion protocol and will miss that game.
Azzi Fudd, who has been out since early December with a knee injury, may also make her much-anticipated return. Prior to her injury, she was leading the team with 20.6 points per game.
The star sophomore is nearing the end of the three- to six-week recovery timeline provided by the program. She is now considered day-to-day, associate head coach Chris Daily said.
While she has participated in warmups during UConn’s last few games, she did not play in any of them. She will be a game-time decision Wednesday.
Azzi Fudd remains out with a right knee injury, but she’s participating in UConn warmups for the second game in a row. pic.twitter.com/lTrYgRjYbZ— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) January 3, 2023
Azzi Fudd remains out with a right knee injury, but she’s participating in UConn warmups for the second game in a row. pic.twitter.com/lTrYgRjYbZ
Injuries have been the story of UConn’s season since before it began. 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 have also missed time.
Caroline Ducharme remains in concussion protocol and, like Patterson, will not travel to St. John’s.
Dailey has taken over head coaching duties for Geno Auriemma, who has missed four games this season due to illness. He has remained away from the team so far this week, Dailey said Tuesday.
Despite the absences, the Huskies have maintained their success. They will head into Wednesday’s game with a 13-2 record.