Azzi Fudd will be back on the pitch this season.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma said Friday before the Big East tournament that Fudd was partially participating in practice on Thursday and that she intended to play again this season for the Huskies. Fudd hasn’t played since mid-January and suffered a knee injury for much of the season.
“She started to look like herself,” Auriemma said, via Hartford Courant’s Lila Bromberg.
Fudd first injured her knee after colliding with a teammate in December. She missed eight games, but then returned briefly in January before re-injuring her knee in the Huskies’ game against Georgetown in her second game. Fudd has not played since.
The sophomore has averaged 17.9 career points and 2.2 assists in nine games at UConn this season. His injury was one of the biggest the Huskies have suffered this season. Star Paige Bueckers tore her anterior cruciate ligament and forward Ice Brady dislocated her patellar tendon, which eliminated them both for the season.
Despite the injuries, UConn finished the season with a 26-5 record and captured the Big East regular season title. The Huskies will kick off the conference tournament on Saturday against Georgetown, who beat Butler in the first round on Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
It’s unclear if Fudd will be able to join UConn at the Big East Tournament, or if she’ll have to wait until the NCAA Tournament to make her return.
“There’s more she’s capable of doing and there’s more she continues to push herself to improve… We’ll see what happens in training today,” Auriemma said, via UCTV.
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