Current Naismith Player of the Year Paige Bueckers could be on the sidelines for longer than originally thought. Following UConn’s 71-61 victory over UCLA on Saturday, coach Geno Auriemma said that Bueckers was considering surgery to repair the tibial plateau fracture in his left knee.
“She needs to ask for a couple of other opinions,” Auriemma said. “And then the next step is that there will be an operation or there will be no operation. And that will have to happen relatively soon. Yes or no.”
Bueckers suffered the knee injury in the final minute of UConn’s game against Notre Dame on December 5. The original schedule for their return was announced in 6-8 weeks, which would set a window for their return in mid to late January.
With surgery, that clock would be reset.
“Each person heals differently,” Auriemma said. “If there is surgery, then I am looking at mid-February, late February at the latest.”
UConn lost its first game without Bueckers, losing 57-44 to unranked Georgia Tech. That loss snapped Connecticut’s winning streak of 239 consecutive victories against unranked opponents. The Huskies’ next meeting is against No. 7 Louisville on December 19.