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UConn star Azzi Fudd to miss remainder of season with ACL tear
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Yet another ACL injury has taken down a star from the UConn women’s basketball team.
The school announced Wednesday that junior guard Azzi Fudd will miss the remainder of the 2023-24 season after suffering a medial meniscal tear and an anterior cruciate ligament tear in her right knee.
Fudd’s injury occurred in practice last Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Fudd will have surgery at UConn Health at a later date.
“We’re all just so upset for Azzi,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in a statement. “She worked hard to be healthy for this season, and it’s unfortunate when you put in a lot of hard work and have a setback like this. Azzi loves the game and works tirelessly. I’m confident she’ll rehab with the same work ethic and come back better than ever. We’ll obviously miss her presence on the court, but Azzi will continue to be a great teammate and important part of this team this season. Our program will support Azzi through her recovery however we can.”
Fudd, an Arlington, Va native., who counts Steph Curry among her fans(Curry signed her in November to his company SC30 Inc.), injured her knee during a Dec. 4 loss at Notre Dame and missed eight games.
She returned against St. John’s Jan. 11, scoring 14 points. But in a win against Georgetown four days later Fudd reinjured her knee. She returned again March 4 for the Big East and NCAA Tournaments.
UConn star Paige Bueckerssuffered a torn A.C.L. while playing a pickup basketball game in August 2022 and missed all of last season before returning this year.
The duo of Bueckers and Fudd have played together in only a small percentage of the games they have been together at UConn.
“So, so much for having two of the generational players right?” Auriemma, 68, said sarcastically in January. “Paige and Azzi coming here together, Mantle and Maris, you know?”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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