Bueckers’s Injury Is a Crushing Blow to UConn and a Sport

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By Ben Pickman One season after the Huskies were hampered by injuries, their star is already back on the sidelines. Paige Bueckers sat to her coach’s left with a towel draped over her shoulders, fighting back tears. She was minutes removed from walking off the court at Target Center, a mere 10 miles from where she grew up, having lost in the national championship to South Carolina. While her coach, Geno Auriemma, was similarly disappointed in the result, he had watched for 40 minutes as his group was stifled by the Gamecocks’ swarming defense and over-whelming physicality; he knew full well wh…

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