UConn women's basketball's Azzi Fudd doesn't need surgery for knee injury, but 'no timeline' for return

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UConn women’s basketball will be without their star Azzi Fudd for an unspecified period of time after she reinjured her right knee on Jan. 15 against Georgetown, the program announced Friday.

"No timeline will be released for Fudd’s return to play," the school said in a statement.

But UConn coach Geno Auriemma told reporters Friday afternoon that Fudd does not need surgery and that there is no tear in her knee. Auriemma said Fudd, who is wearing a brace, will be on crutches with no weight bearing on her knee for the next two weeks.

She will be evaluated after those two weeks.

Fudd did not make the trip to Seton Hall earlier this week and instead stayed back on campus to undergo testing on the injury. Fudd sat out eight games earlier this winter after suffering an undisclosed injury also on her right knee on Dec. 4 against Notre Dame when Aaliyah Edwards fell against her leg.

During the final minutes of the second quarter against Georgetown on Sunday, the sophomore guard took an awkward step against a defender and appeared to have tweaked her right knee. Fudd checked out of the game and immediately walked off the court with a team trainer toward the locker room.

Fudd had come off the bench and played 12 minutes and scored 3 points in the first half against the Hoyas before the injury.

After sitting five-plus-weeks due to the initial injury on her right knee, she returned to the court on Jan. 11 against St. John’s and played 20 minutes and scored 15 points coming off the bench.

The right knee is the same knee Fudd suffered both an ACL and MCL tear while she was in high school.

Fudd is UConn’s current leading scorer with 17.9 points per game in nine games.

UConn will host Butler on Saturday at noon.

Maggie.Vanoni@hearstmediact.com  @maggie_vanoni