UConn was up 18 points with about 39 seconds remaining in the game when her leg appeared to buckle while she was bringing up the ball. She would later collapse in front of the Huskies’ bench and she had to be helped off the court. Media at the game described the crowd as going silent.
Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said he hoped it was nothing more than a “hyperextension,” according to the Hartford Courant.
“The first thing that goes through your mind is the worst thing,” Auriemma said.
Bueckers is a sophomore with the Huskies and is widely regarded as one of the best college basketball players in the country. Coming into the game, she was averaging 21 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.6 assists in five games. She had 22 points, four rebounds and four assists in a win over Notre Dame.
The Huskies only played eight players. Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Caroline Ducharme added 14 points each.
UConn is the No. 2 team in the nation and improved to 5-1 with the win over No. 24 Notre Dame.
It’s unclear how much, if any, time Bueckers will miss due to the injury.