UConn basketball star Paige Bueckers to miss upcoming season with torn ACL

“Bueckers sustained the injury during a pick-up basketball game and underwent an MRI Monday evening to confirm the injury,” school officials said.
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 3:32 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 4:38 PM EDT
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STORRS, CT (WFSB) – UConn women’s basketball star Paige Bueckers will miss the 2022-2023 basketball season after she suffered a torn ACL.

The school announced her injury Wednesday afternoon.

UConn said the junior guard suffered a torn ACL in her left knee on Monday.

“Bueckers sustained the injury during a pick-up basketball game and underwent an MRI Monday evening to confirm the injury,” school officials said.

She will undergo surgery at UConn Health on Friday.

Dr. Robert Waskowitz from the Orthopedic Associates of Hartford says the recovery after ACL surgery is not quick.

“Most individuals that we’re treating these days from peewees to pros that tear their ACL’s are facing a six month recovery. It could even take 9 or 12 months to recover. Depending on the sport and level of competitiveness they want to get back to,” says Waskowitz.

“An update on her recovery timetable will be made available following the procedure,” UConn said.

Buckers was out most of last season because of an injury in the same knee.

She was not only a leader on the team, but she was a positive influence off the court as well.

“She really stuck out on the court to us for her 3-point shots. I mean her nickname is Paige Buckets. In those clutch moments she can land a 3-pointer if necessary,” says UConn grad Nathan Larson.

Bueckers averaged 14.6 points a game last year for the Huskies.

Head Coach Geno Auriemma gave a statement: