UConn women’s basketball star Paige Bueckers has been cleared to return to game action and will suit up on Friday as the Huskies face St. John’s in the XL Center, the program announced. Bueckers underwent surgery to repair an anterior tibial plateau fracture and lateral meniscus tear on Dec. 13 and has been rehabbing her way back. She suffered the injury eight days prior in the final minute of UConn’s blowout win over Notre Dame.
Bueckers is the most recognizable name in women’s college basketball and a superstar to boot. As a freshman she averaged 20.0 points and 5.7 assists per game last season and she was off to an even hotter start to her sophomore campaign before the injury, averaging 21.2 points, 5.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game in six appearances.
As talented as UConn is, the addition of Bueckers is significant as the timing as March approaches. In her absence the Huskies have gone 15-4, and they enter the game against St. John’s — the Huskies’ penultimate regular season game — 20-5 on the season.