UConn women's basketball freshman Ice Brady out for season with dislocated patella

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UConn women's basketball freshman Isuneh 'Ice' Brady helped led Team USA to gold at the 2022 FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Argentina. It was her first time playing for Team USA.

UConn women's basketball freshman Isuneh 'Ice' Brady helped led Team USA to gold at the 2022 FIBA U18 Americas Championship in Argentina. It was her first time playing for Team USA.

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UConn women’s basketball freshman forward Ice Brady will miss the 2022-23 season because of a dislocated patella in her right knee.

She suffered the injury during practice last Friday. UConn said in a release that Brady underwent successful surgery at UConn Health on Tuesday to repair damage suffered during the dislocation. 

She began rehab on Wednesday and the UConn medical staff will be regularly monitoring the injury throughout her recovery, according to the school.

Brady is now the second Husky to be ruled out for the season, following star Paige Bueckers (ACL tear).
 
“Anytime any player has an injury, it’s so heartbreaking because they put so much time and effort into being the best player they can be,” head coach Geno Auriemma said in a release. 

When that’s taken away – regardless of how long they’re out – to not be able to play is unfortunate. Ice has made so much progress since she’s been here and I’m really confident that when she does come back, she’s going to be better and more impactful than she already has been.”

Brady (6-foot-3) was expected to compete for playing time in the frontcourt, along with fellow freshman Ayanna Patterson (6-2) 

UConn is returning graduate student Dorka Juhász (6-5) along with junior Aaliyah Edwards  (6-3), redshirt junior Aubrey Griffin (6-1), and sophomore Amari DeBerry (6-5). The Huskies graduated forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa from last season.

Griffin, who missed all of last season, is returning from back surgery.

Ranked as the fifth-highest recruit in her class by ESPN, Brady was a 2022 McDonald's All-American. The California native averaged 20.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks as a senior at Cathedral Catholic High in San Diego.

In an Instagram post, Brady wrote: “God gives his toughest battles to his toughest soldiers.”

Bueckers shared a picture of Brady on her Instagram story and wrote, “Strong soldier ... We kicking rehabs ... Love you and let's get it Ice.”