Azzi Fudd (knee) returns for UConn after 8-game absence


ELMONT, NY — Sophomore Azzi Fudd returned for the 4th-ranked UConn Huskies against St. John’s Wednesday night after missing the last eight games with a right knee injury.

Fudd had an expected recovery time of three to six weeks after injuring himself in the first quarter against Notre Dame on December 4. UConn went 7-1 in their absence, losing to Maryland and also falling to the Irish when unable to play in the second half.

Averaging 20.6 points on 53.3% shooting (42.6% of 3), the 5’6″ guard led the team early in the season and was an early contender for International Player of the Year.

The Huskies have been decimated by injuries since the preseason, when 2020-21 National Player of the Year Paige Bueckers and freshman Ice Brady were ruled out for the 2022-23 season with a cruciate ligament tear and a dislocated patella, respectively.

All but two players in the roster have missed a game due to injury, illness or a travel issue.

Junior Aaliyah Edwards suffered an ankle injury and freshman Ayanna Patterson suffered a concussion against Xavier last week, resulting in the Huskies not having the required seven players to play DePaul on Sunday and forcing Big East to postpone the game.

While Edwards returned to the game on Wednesday, sophomore Caroline Ducharme and Patterson remain on concussion record.

Coach Geno Auriemma also missed four games this season (two in mid-December and two in early January) after feeling unwell. The Hall of Famer was back on the sidelines Wednesday after missing the previous two contests.