Caroline Ducharme had not played since Dec. 31 for UConn women’s basketball. But in her first game back from a concussion, she came up big when it counted for the No. 6 Huskies.

The sophomore guard scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game against Creighton, including two game-winning free throws in the final seconds to clinch a 62-60 victory.

“It wasn’t an easy 10, but they are the kind of points we are used to seeing Caroline get in those moments,” coach Geno Auriemma said. “She’s back just in time.”

Ducharme had missed UConn’s previous 13 games while in concussion protocol. She is averaging 8.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game on the season, and she had scored a season-high 19 points in her last game before the injury.

In her first game back, the Huskies (23-4) trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter. Ducharme hit a 3-pointer from the corner with eight minutes to go to jump-start the comeback.

“Just at that time, we all knew someone needed to step up,” Ducharme said after the game. “Someone needed to hit their shot when they needed to hit shots. We were down and we needed to get going offensively.”

Ducharme was cleared for full contact in practice on Monday, though she had been working out with the team for two weeks in a limited capacity.

“Nobody wants to play more than Caroline,” Auriemma said. “It was killing her to have to sit out, especially watching what was going on, what was taking place. So she worked really, really hard to get back.”

Next up, UConn goes on the road to face NCAA scoring leader Maddy Siegrist (29.1 points per game) and No. 14 Villanova at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

UConn women’s basketball star Azzi Fudd still does not have a clear timeframe for her return from knee injury, coach Geno Auriemma said Tuesday.

Yet while Fudd’s timeline remains murky, her teammate Caroline Ducharme (concussion) is nearing a return for the No. 6 Huskies (22-4).

Fudd first injured her right knee in a Dec. 4 loss to Notre Dame. While Fudd missed the next eight games, she returned on Jan. 11, scoring 14 points in 20 minutes off the bench in a dominant win over St. John’s. But she re-injured her knee in the very next game.

The star sophomore could be seen rehabbing her knee in a video posted Tuesday to the team Twitter account, but she remains out for the foreseeable future.

“She’s out there working out,” Auriemma said. “She’s out there doing stuff. … She’s doing some non-contact things. But I don’t, as of right now, have a return date. I wish I did, but I don’t.”

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 during her freshman season at UConn.

Ducharme, though, was cleared for full contact as of Monday. She could be available for Wednesday’s game against Creighton (18-6), though Auriemma said he could not commit to her return during Tuesday’s practice.

UConn has managed to succeed this season despite many injuries affecting its roster. Paige Bueckers tore her ACL in August, and freshman Ice Brady is also out for the season with a dislocated right patella. Dorka JuhászAubrey Griffin and Nika Mühl all have missed time, and Ayanna Patterson also missed games in concussion protocol.