UConn Has Historic Night (In Bad Way) Without Paige Bueckers

Bueckers is out for six to eight weeks with a leg injury


December 9, 2021

It could end up being a very long few weeks for the UConn women’s basketball team.

The Huskies are without star Paige Bueckers, who suffered a tibial plateau fracture against Notre Dame on Sunday. On Thursday, they played their first game without her in the lineup — and it didn’t go well.

The No. 3 Huskies took on unranked Georgia Tech on the road and lost 57-44. UConn had not lost to an unranked opponent since 2012, building a 239-game streak. Their 44 points scored is their fewest since 2006, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

For what it’s worth, the Huskies also were missing Nika Muhl, who has played valuable minutes off the bench, to a foot injury. As a result, they have just three healthy guards — Christyn Williams and Evina Westbrook as well as freshman Caroline Ducharme — and that’s not counting the injuries at other position groups, including to highly-touted recruit Azzi Fudd.

Williams led the scoring Thursday with 13 points, while Westbrook logged 11. Center Olivia Nelson-Ododa finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Bueckers is expected to miss six to eight weeks with the injury. At this rate, UConn can’t get her back fast enough.

Thumbnail photo via David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Images
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