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.
|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|
|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|