UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma has dealt with a number of injuries to his squad over the last two years, including the most recent — Azzi Fudd, who is out the remainder of the year with an ACL tear.
The school announced the news on Wednesday, noting that Fudd will have surgery at a later date. Fudd has dealt with injuries over her first two college seasons, including missing two months due to a foot injury in her freshman season and dealing with a number of knee injuries during her sophomore season.
She played just two games before suffering her latest knee injury. In a release, Auriemma said the team is “so upset for Azzi.” And on Thursday, he was at a loss for words over the team’s injury woes.
Caroline Ducharme will miss the team’s Friday game against UCLA with neck spasms. Jana El Alfy is out for the year with an Achilles injury and Ayanna Patterson is still recovering from an offseason knee procedure.
“It just sucks every year to look down and see who’s not playing. It’s just gotten overbearing. I mean, I can’t even explain it,” Auriemma told CT Insider from the Cayman Islanders on Thursday. “Some of these kids, man, that’s all they know. They don’t know anything about playing with a full team.”
There’s currently no timeline for Patterson’s return, and it’s unclear if Ducharme will be able to play on Saturday against Kansas.
“I get to the point where I don’t have words,” Auriemma told CT Insider. “I can’t explain the frustration that you have for them; frustrated for them and how much they want to play, frustrated for your team and their teammates. They’re constantly having to play short-handed.
“And it’s not fair to them. And as a coaching staff, there’s only so many answers you can have. There are times when it gets so hard to see a way out of it. It takes a lot of perseverance from the coaches and the players.”