UConn's Bueckers suffers torn ACL, will miss upcoming season
STORRS, Conn. — (AP) — UConn women’s basketball star Paige Bueckers tore the ACL in her left knee and will miss the entire 2022-23 season, the school announced Wednesday. UConn said in a statement that Bueckers suffered the injury Monday during a pickup basketball game and underwent an MRI that evening. “We’re all devastated for Paige,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. She missed 19 games last season after suffering a left knee tibia plateau fracture and torn meniscus in early December. ___More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
UConn star Paige Bueckers to miss 2022-23 season with torn ACL in left knee
Former National Player of the Year Paige Bueckers will miss the entire 2022-21 season with a torn ACL in her left knee, the UConn women's basketball team announced on Wednesday. She returned to help lead UConn to the national championship game where they lost to South Carolina. Paige is obviously an amazing basketball player but she's a better person and teammate and it's really unfortunate that this has happened to her. We'll miss her presence on the court, but she'll do everything she can to still lead and help her teammates this season. Bueckers will undergo surgery on Friday at UConn Health and updates on her timetable to return will be made following.wftv.com
Staley, Auriemma could meet next year for another title
NCAA UConn South Carolina Basketball South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley cuts the net after a college basketball game in the final round of the Women's Final Four NCAA tournament against UConn Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Minneapolis. South Carolina won 64-49 to win the championship. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS — (AP) — Dawn Staley and Geno Auriemma hugged at midcourt after South Carolina ended UConn's undefeated run in NCAA championship games. “Look at the tradition of UConn and what they've been able to do,” Staley said. “They were determined to be champions today.”A year ago, South Carolina lost in the Final Four when Boston missed a layup before the buzzer.wftv.com
Staley leads South Carolina over UConn for second NCAA title
NCAA UConn South Carolina Basketball South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley reacts during the second half of a college basketball game in the final round of the Women's Final Four NCAA tournament Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Minneapolis. With Staley calling the shots in a $5,000 letterman jacket, South Carolina took UConn to school on the boards and capped a wire-to-wire run as the No. This time it was Boston — the AP Player of the Year — and her fellow South Carolina post players who dominated on the game's biggest stage. Henderson had three steals, Boston blocked two shots and South Carolina forced 15 turnovers. South Carolina: The Gamecocks lose Henderson and Victaria Saxton but have all the talent to repeat as champions.wftv.com
South Carolina and UConn meet for women's hoops championship
Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies are 11-0 in NCAA championship games. The Huskies will look to continue that run when they face South Carolina for the women's basketball title on Sunday night. WINNING AT HOMEBueckers is looking to be the first UConn player to win a championship in her home city. DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPSBoth South Carolina and UConn have been stalwarts on defense all season long. “I think it’s just a mentality to have every single game,” South Carolina's Brea Beal said.wftv.com
UConn-South Carolina title tilt packs plenty of star power
NCAA Louisville South Carolina Basketball The South Carolina bench reacts after the second half of a college basketball game in the semifinal round of the Women's Final Four NCAA tournament Friday, April 1, 2022, in Minneapolis. South Carolina won 72-59 to advance to the finals. 1 overall seed in this year's NCAA Tournament will be the Connecticut Huskies, who produced a lockdown defensive performance of their own to reach the national championship. UConn has never lost in the NCAA final, sporting a staggering 11-0 record in national championships. South Carolina beat UConn in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas in November, pulling away from the Huskies in the fourth quarter with that stifling defense.wftv.com
NC State looks to end UConn's Final Four streak
The top-seeded Wolfpack will try to end that drought and stop UConn's record streak of 13 straight trips to the national semifinals when the two teams play Monday night in the Bridgeport Region final. Raina Perez was the closest to being alive back in 1998 — being born a few months after that run by legendary N.C State coach Kay Yow's team. “It’s huge for this program and it will take a lot of hard work and grit, especially since it’s UConn,” Perez said of reaching the Final Four. No question about it," N.C. State center Elissa Cunane said. — the last coming in 2016 to end a streak of four consecutive ones.wftv.com
UConn to meet former conference rival UCF in second round
UConn and UCF will renew what has been a physical rivalry when the teams square off Monday night. The No. 2 seed Huskies, who routed Mercer in the opening round, are 13-0 against the No. 7 seed Knights, dating back to their days together in the American Athletic Conference, which UConn left in 2020 to rejoin the Big East.news.yahoo.com
Bueckers remains UConn's biggest question for NCAA Tourney
UConn star Paige Bueckers is by all accounts physically fit again as her Huskies enter the women's NCAA Tournament looking for a 14th consecutive appearance in the Final Four and a 12th national title. The sophomore has averaged under 14 minutes a game since her return and scored 30 total points, 16 of them in the Huskies' Big East quarterfinal win over Georgetown.news.yahoo.com
No. 1 women: South Carolina, NC State, Stanford, Louisville
SEC Kentucky South Carolina Basketball South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley watches the action during her team's loss to Kentucky in the NCAA women's college basketball Southeastern Conference tournament championship game Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey)Dawn Staley and South Carolina are once again a No. 1 seed in the women's basketball NCAA Tournament — a familiar role for the Gamecocks. South Carolina earned the the top overall seed in this year's tournament field, which was announced Sunday night. Expanding the field was one of the many changes to the women's basketball tournament in the wake of inequities revealed at last season's NCAAs. “They have all the pieces, all of their players playing,' said women's basketball selection committee chair Nina King.wftv.com
No. 6 UConn wins 20th Big East title, tops Villanova 70-40
6 UConn put forth another dominant defensive effort to beat Villanova 70-40 in the Big East championship game Monday night. It was the 20th Big East tournament championship for UConn, which avenged a loss last month to the Wildcats. UConn (25-5) only had eight healthy players for that game with Paige Bueckers, Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Caroline Ducharme all sidelined. The only real question in the fourth quarter was whether the Huskies would be able to break their own record for fewest points given up in the Big East championship game. Villanova last played UConn in the Big East championship game in 2003, when the Wildcats snapped what was then the Huskies' NCAA-record 70-game winning streak.wftv.com
UConn women’s basketball team opens the postseason with something to prove in the Big East Tournament
The prelude is past, the postseason is here. The UConn women’s basketball team may not be in its familiar position, poised for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and considered the team to beat, but the Huskies are embracing their position as dangerous underdogs. “We’re a different team [than earlier in the season],” UConn senior Christyn Williams said. “I feel like a lot of teams are ...news.yahoo.com
Fudd scores 25, helps No. 10 UConn top No. 7 Tennessee 75-56
10 UConn beat seventh-ranked Tennessee 75-56 on Sunday. Fudd got the start when it was announced about an hour before the game that the Huskies would be missing her classmate, Caroline Ducharme. Fudd scored the team's first basket — a 3-pointer — and finished the opening half with nine points as UConn (15-4) built a 32-25 lead. She scored the first four points to start a 14-0 run that gave the Huskies a 46-25 lead. Tennessee (19-4), which has now lost three of its last four games, didn't threaten the rest of the game.wftv.com
UConn out of women's AP Top 10 for 1st time in 16 years
UConn Louisville Basketball Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, center right, talks with Dorka Juhasz (14) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (Jessica Hill)UConn's record 16-year run in the top 10 is over. 11 in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll Monday after losing to Louisville a day earlier. UConn had been ranked among the first 10 teams in the poll for 313 straight weeks dating back to March 7, 2005, when the team was also 11th. It's the 600th appearance in the AP Top 25 for Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who is 18 behind all-time leader Pat Summitt. ___More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
UConn's Paige Bueckers undergoes successful knee surgery
Bueckers underwent the surgery on Monday afternoon at UConn Health, the school announced. The reigning national player of the year fractured her left tibia at the knee on Dec. 5 in a win over Notre Dame. The injury, known as a tibial plateau fracture, was expected to take six to eight weeks to heal on its own. But the school said Tuesday that she also suffered a lateral meniscus tear when she was hurt and that both injuries were repaired during the surgery. Bueckers' recovery is expected to take two months from the date of surgery, the school said.wftv.com
UConn's Mir McLean leaves program, to transfer
UConn sophomore Mir McLean has left the program and will transfer, UConn coach Geno Auriemma announced Monday. McLean, a little-used reserve from Maryland, played in 27 games at UConn and averaged 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds. A former McDonald's All-American in high school, the 5-foot-11 forward played eight minutes this season, did not score and had two rebounds. “Mir is extremely smart and athletic and she has a lot of potential,” Auriemma said.news.yahoo.com
UConn star Bueckers considering surgery on injured left leg
Coach Geno Auriemma said Saturday that Bueckers is in the process of getting more medical opinions on how to proceed. The reigning national player of the year fractured her left tibia at the knee last Sunday in a win over Notre Dame. The injury, known as a tibial plateau fracture, was expected to take six to eight weeks to heal on its own. Bueckers likely would be out about two months after any surgery is performed, Auriemma said. ___More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Ga Tech shuts down No. 3 UConn 57-44 with Bueckers sidelined
UConn Georgia Tech Basketball Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma talks to forward Dorka Juhasz (14) during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game agains Georgia Tech on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore)ATLANTA — (AP) — Georgia Tech shut down No. But Georgia Tech (7-2) pulled away in the fourth quarter before a raucous crowd of 4,578 — the sixth-largest in school history — to snap UConn's 240-game winning streak against unranked opponents. UConn, averaging 74.5 points a game with Bueckers, missed its first nine shots of the final period, along with committing six turnovers. Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets showed plenty of focus after the difficult news regarding Butts.wftv.com
AP source: Reeve to be next US women's national team coach
The Minnesota Lynx’s Cheryl Reeve will be the next USA Basketball national team coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. She will be the first professional women’s basketball coach to lead the team since Anne Donovan was courtside for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The U.S. is in a bit of transition with five-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird retiring from international play. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Sylvia Fowles, who plays for Reeve in Minnesota, also said she is retiring from USA Basketball. ___More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
NCAA women's basketball tournament expands to 68 teams
The men's tournament expanded to 68 teams in 2011 with four first-round games traditionally played in Dayton, Ohio. “This immediate expansion of the women’s basketball championship reinforces the fact that leaders within Division I are committed to strengthening aspects of the women’s basketball championship that directly impact student-athletes,” said West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons, the chairman of the Division I Council. “The expanded bracket and championship opportunities for Division I women’s basketball student-athletes are paramount,” said UT-San Antonio athletic director Lisa Campos, the chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee. The NCAA already had approved the women’s tournament using the phrase March Madness in its branding. “This action corrects an inequity that has existed between the men’s and women’s championships for a decade," Danielle Donehew, executive director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, said about tournament expansion, “and provides equitable postseason participation opportunities for Division I men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes.”___More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Loaded UConn women push for program's 12th national title
UConn comes into this season ranked No. 2, having added the nation’s top recruit, guard Azzi Fudd, to a team that returns last year’s collegiate national player of the year, Paige Bueckers, and every other starter from a squad that went to it’s 13th straight Final Four.
UConn women hoops players making mark at Olympics
UConn coach Geno Auriemma has been recruiting more internationally. We have great players everywhere,” she said. "UConn produces great athletes.”It's not just past Huskies that are playing in the Olympics. Aaliyah Edwards is the youngest of the UConn group, playing for Canada, joining Kia Nurse who played in the 2016 Olympics. There are a lot of great Huskies here.wftv.com
‘It’s an honor’: The Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 enshrined
Kobe Bryant is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame now, along with contemporaries Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, headliners of a group of nine who got their delayed and long-awaited enshrinement on Saturday night, more than a year after being announced as the Hall’s Class of 2020.
UConn's Paige Bueckers is AP women's player of the year
UConn's star guard became the first freshman ever to win The Associated Press women's basketball player of the year award Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)SAN ANTONIO – Paige Bueckers is in a class all by herself. UConn's star guard became the first freshman ever to win The Associated Press women's basketball player of the year award Wednesday. “It’s amazing, surreal for people to think of me that highly and to be in that position as a freshman,” Bueckers said. But I don’t think you can.”___More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Maryland's Brenda Frese is the AP women's coach of the year
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)SAN ANTONIO – Maryland coach Brenda Frese was honored as The Associated Press women's basketball coach of the year Wednesday for the second time in her career. Frese received eight votes from the 30-member national media panel that votes on the weekly AP Top 25. Obviously its going to be one I never forget,” said Frese, who also was AP coach of the year 19 years ago when she was at Minnesota. When Maryland won the Big Ten Tournament, Frese's father and mother, Donna, were in the stands in Indianapolis. “It's a memory I’ll cherish for a lifetime.”___More AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Emmert promises WBCA he will work to fix 'stark' inequities
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – NCAA President Mark Emmert promised the Women's Basketball Coaches Association he will work with coaches to fix the “stark difference” between the Division I men's and women's tournaments. He asked Emmert what he could do to make sure those people give women's basketball the same advantages and opportunities. “Maybe that’s what has to happen in women’s basketball?” Auriemma said. "Maybe women’s basketball has got to separate itself from the other women’s sports? Yet for the women's Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, only “NCAA Women's Basketball” was in the middle of the court.
1st-timer Arizona joins mainstays in women's NCAA Final Four
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Arizona has been having fun and playing good basketball, all the way to its first women's NCAA Final Four. The 11-time national champions are making their 13th consecutive Final Four appearance and 21st overall for coach Geno Auriemma. The Cardinal's first Final Four since 2017 is their 14th overall, trailing only to UConn and Tennessee's 18. The Wildcats hadn't even been in the women's NCAA Tournament since 2005, though they would have made it last year with a 24-7 record before the tourney was canceled because of the pandemic. Stanford is in its 34th consecutive women's NCAA Tournament, with Tara VanDerveer in her record 35th overall as a coach.
UConn reaches 13th straight Final Four, beating Baylor 69-67
Bueckers scored 28 points and top seed UConn used a huge run spanning the final two quarters to beat No. 2 Baylor 69-67 on Monday night and reach a 13th consecutive Final Four in the women’s NCAA Tournament. After a timeout, Baylor fouled Christyn Williams, who missed both free throws to give the Lady Bears one last chance. The Lady Bears (28-3) had won the previous two, including a 74-58 win at Connecticut in January of 2020. The Lady Bears closed the action-packed first quarter with a 20-10 run and trailed 26-24 after one.
Williams, Bueckers lead UConn past Iowa in NCAA Sweet 16
UConn guard Paige Bueckers (5) works the ball past Iowa guard Caitlin Clark (22) during the first half of a college basketball game in the Sweet Sixteen round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – The game was billed as a marquee matchup of uber-talented freshmen Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark. Williams scored 27 points and Bueckers added 18 to lead No. 1 UConn to a 92-72 win over fifth-seeded Iowa on Saturday in the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament. “I thought we played a great team basketball game," Williams said.
Bueckers and UConn top Syracuse 83-47, advance to Sweet 16
UConn guard Paige Bueckers (5) drives under pressure from Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia (4) during the first half of a college basketball game in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. 1 seed UConn beat eighth-seeded Syracuse 83-47 on Tuesday night and advance to the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA Tournament. The Huskies led 64-35 after three quarters and cruised into the Sweet 16 for the 27th straight year. The loss ended the stellar career of Syracuse guard Tiana Mangakahia, who returned from breast cancer this season. UP NEXTUConn will face Iowa in a Sweet 16 matchup of two of the country's best freshmen: Bueckers and Caitlin Clark.
Bueckers helps UConn rout High Point 102-59 in NCAA opener
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – UConn did just fine without coach Geno Auriemma. Bueckers scored 24 points — the most by a UConn player in her first NCAA Tournament game — and the top-seeded Huskies routed High Point 102-59 in the first round Sunday. “We just want to continue to win for him so he can get out here with us,” Bueckers said. Muhl injured her left ankle in the Big East Tournament opener, but returned for the Huskies' game the next night. “I think that was a little bit of improv from some of the players," High Point coach Chelsea Banbury said.
UConn frosh Paige Bueckers leads women's AP All-America team
The freshman guard has lived up to it so far, delivering record-breaking performances and earning a spot on The Associated Press women's basketball All-American team Wednesday. She's only the third freshman to make the AP team, joining Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and UConn's Maya Moore. “Name one player that has taken a team this young to where we are today," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. She became the school's first women's basketball All-American last season. She was joined by Naz Hillmon, who is the first women's player at Michigan to earn All-America honors.