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Paige Bueckers injury update: UConn star guard out six-to-eight weeks with knee



The UConn Huskies announced on Tuesday that sophomore guard Paige Bueckers will miss a chunk of time after breaking a bone in her leg.

The reigning National Player of the Year was off to another great start this season, averaging 21.2 points, 6.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 steals through her first six games. As a result, UConn owned a 5-1 record, ranked No. 3 in the country behind only NC State (No. 2) and South Carolina (No. 1).

How long will it be without their star guard? Here’s everything you need to know about Buecker’s injury.

What is Paige Bueckers’ injury?

Bueckers suffered a tibial plateau fracture in her left knee with under a minute to play in UConn’s game against Notre Dame on Sunday, Dec. 5.

The sophomore star had continued her dominant play to start the season, going for 22 points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes of action, putting UConn in position for a commanding win before suffering the injury.

How long will Paige Bueckers be out?

UConn announced on Tuesday that the All-American will be out for approximately six-to-eight weeks.

If she comes up on the shorter side of that timeline, Bueckers would miss roughly 11 games. If her recovery falls on the longer side of that timeline, Bueckers could miss up to 16 (or more) games.

As the Wall Street Journal’s Rachel Bachman mentioned, the NCAA Tournament is in about 14 weeks, meaning a return for tournament time isn’t out of the question for the reigning National Player of the Year.

2021-22 UConn Women’s Basketball remaining schedule

The next time the Huskies take the floor will be Dec. 9 when they play Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. UConn will also play UCLA on Dec. 11 before a date with the Louisville Cardinals on Dec. 29. The Big East tournament is set to begin on March 4 and the NCAA Tournament will tip-off on March 18-19. 

2021-22 UConn Women’s Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time/Result TV/Record
December 9 Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA 7 p.m. ESPN2
December 11 UCLA Newark, NJ 1 p.m. ABC
December 19 Louisville Uncasville, CT 3:30 p.m. ESPN
December 29 Marquette* XL Center 7 p.m. SNY
December 31 DePaul* Chicago, IL 2 p.m. SNY
January 5 Georgetown* Washington, DC 7 p.m. SNY
January 7 Villanova* Villanova, PA 7 p.m. SNY
January 9 Creighton* Gampel Pavilion 1 p.m. SNY
January 12 Butler* Indianapolis, IN 7 p.m. SNY
January 15 Xavier* XL Center 12 p.m. SNY
January 17 Oregon Eugene, OR 5 p.m. ESPN2
January 21 Seton Hall* Gampel Pavilion 7 p.m. SNY
January 23 St. John’s* Queens, NY 1 p.m. SNY
January 27 South Carolina Columbia, SC 7 p.m. ESPN
January 30 Providence* Providence, RI 11 a.m. SNY
February 2 Creighton* Omaha, NE 7:30 p.m. SNY
February 4 Butler* Gampel Pavilion 7 p.m. SNY
February 6 Tennessee XL Center 12 p.m./1 p.m. FOX
February 9 Villanova* XL Center 7 p.m. SNY
February 11 DePaul* Gampel Pavilion 7 p.m. SNY
February 13 Marquette* Milwaukee, WI 2:30 p.m. FOX
February 18 Xavier* Cincinnati, OH 7 p.m. SNY
February 20 Georgetown* XL Center 2 p.m. CBS Sports Network
February 25 St. John’s* XL Center 7 p.m. SNY
February 27 Providence* Gampel Pavilion 2 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Big EAST Tournament
March 4 First Round Uncasville, CT TBD FloSports
March 5 Quarterfinal Uncasville, CT TBD FS1/FS2
March 6 Semifinal Uncasville, CT TBD FS1
March 7 Final Uncasville, CT 8 p.m. FS1
NCAA Tournament
March 18-19 First Round TBD TBD ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
March 20-21 Second Round TBD TBD ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
March 25-26 Sweet Sixteen TBD TBD ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
March 27-28 Elite Eight TBD TBD ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
April 1 Final Four Minneapolis, MN TBD ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
April 3 National Championship Minneapolis, MN 9 p.m. ABC/ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU



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