Wednesday, July 24, 2024

UConn loses fourth player, Aubrey Griffin, to season-ending injury

UConn forward Aubrey Griffin is out for the season with a torn ACL in her left knee, the fourth player lost to a season-ending injury by the No. 13 Huskies.

Griffin was averaging 9.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game when she was injured against Creighton last month.

Already thinned by injuries, UConn dressed only nine players on Sunday but prevailed for an eighth consecutive win over Georgetown.

Azzi Fudd (ACL), Ayanna Patterson (knee) and Jana El Alfy (Achilles) suffered season-ending injuries before Griffin was hurt.

Griffin missed the 2021-22 season because of back surgery. A fifth-year senior, Griffin hasn’t decided whether to turn pro as of earlier this week, head coach Geno Auriemma said.

Fudd’s knee injury was her second at UConn.

The rash of injuries thinning UConn also has prompted Paige Bueckers to contemplate a return to be able to get a full season on the court with the growing number of players out for the year.

“It’s not about teams in the draft, who’s got what pick,” Bueckers said. “It’s all about me loving playing here, me loving my teammates and wanting to get more experiences and more time with them and more time in the program. I think that’s the deciding factor, just wanting to be here longer.”

Junior guard Caroline Ducharme (neck spasms) is also out indefinitely.

–Field Level Media

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