UConn Basketball Star Paige Bueckers Considered Knee Surgery, More Time May Be Wasted
Naismith Player of the Year, Big Bakers, may be marginalized for longer than originally thought. After UConn’s 71-61 win over UCLA on Saturday, coach Geno Auriemma said Bueckers was considering surgery to repair a tibial plateau fracture in his left knee.
“She needs to ask for two more opinions,” Orima said. “Then the next step is there will or won’t be a process. And that should happen relatively soon. Yes or no.”
The Bakers suffered a knee injury in the last minute of Ocon’s match against Notre Dame on December 5. The original schedule for their return was announced in 6-8 weeks, which will create a window for their return in mid to late January.
With surgery, that clock will reset.
“Everyone heals differently,” Orima said. “If there’s surgery, I’m looking forward to mid-February, late February at the latest.”
UConn lost its first match without the Bueckers, losing 57-44 to unranked Georgia Tech. That loss interrupted Connecticut’s winning streak of 239 consecutive victories against unranked opponents. The next Husky family meeting is against No. 7 Louisville on December 19.