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UConn’s depth chart dwindles after injury to freshman Ice Brady

Isuneh Brady, left, celebrates with Flau'Jae Johnson after making a game-winning basket during the 2022 Jordan Brand Classic. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

UConn women’s basketball is down to just 10 healthy players for the season after freshman forward Ice Brady suffered a season-ending injury in practice Friday.

Brady dislocated the patella in her right knee. She underwent surgery Tuesday and will begin rehab Wednesday.

The injury comes after star junior Paige Bueckers sustained her own season-ending knee injury, as she tore her ACL during a pickup game in August.

“Anytime any player has an injury, it’s so heartbreaking because they put so much time and effort into being the best player they can be,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “When that’s taken away — regardless of how long they’re out — to not be able to play is unfortunate.

“Ice has made so much progress since she’s been here and I’m really confident that when she does come back, she’s going to be better and more impactful than she already has been.”

The No. 5 recruit in her class per ESPN’s rankings, Brady is just the latest Huskies player to go down. Injuries have plagued the team over the past two seasons.

Last season, the team lost both Bueckers and sophomore Azzi Fudd for significant stretches of the season. Fudd, who is expected to take on the bulk of the work in Bueckers’ absence, dealt with a nagging foot injury even after her return — and her foot still is not fully healed.

“We’re doing some things to help with the pain and I’m managing it,” she told The Athletic. “It’s a problem that will be fixed after the season.”

UConn lost Christyn Williams, Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Evina Westbrook to the WNBA, and Dorka Juhász (wrist), Caroline Ducharme (hip) and Aubrey Griffin (back) all have yet to return to full strength.

If any of the above-mentioned players sustain another injury (or re-injury), that will spell trouble for Auriemma’s squad. While he brought in Inês Bettencourt from Portugal to add another guard to the team’s depth chart, the Huskies are stretched thin before the season even starts.

UConn is scheduled to begin the 2022-23 campaign against Northeastern on Nov. 10.