No. 5 UConn-DePaul game postponed due to lack of players

Jan 6, 2023, 2:06 AM | Updated: Jan 7, 2023, 6:24 am
UConn forward Aubrey Griffin (44) drives against Xavier's Fernanda Ovalle (10) during the first hal...

UConn forward Aubrey Griffin (44) drives against Xavier's Fernanda Ovalle (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

(AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

              UConn forward Aubrey Griffin (44) drives against Xavier's Fernanda Ovalle (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
            
              UConn's Dorka Juhasz (14) and Aaliyah Edwards, center, cheer from the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
            
              UConn forward Aubrey Griffin (44) drives against Xavier's Fernanda Ovalle (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
            
              UConn's Dorka Juhasz (14) and Aaliyah Edwards, center, cheer from the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
            
              UConn forward Aubrey Griffin (44) drives against Xavier's Fernanda Ovalle (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
            
              UConn's Dorka Juhasz (14) and Aaliyah Edwards, center, cheer from the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
            
              UConn's Aaliyah Edwards, left, Dorka Juhasz (14), Nika Muhl (10) and Aubrey Griffin (44) huddle prior to an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
            
              UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey, right, speaks to UConn's Ayanna Patterson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

STORRS, Conn (AP) — The Big East game between No. 5 UConn and DePaul on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut, has been postponed because the Huskies don’t have enough healthy players available to suit up, the conference said Friday.

The conference requires schools to suit up seven scholarship players for any game, and injuries have left the Huskies with just six active players, the school said.

UConn also was expected to be without head coach Geno Auriemma, who announced Thursday that he is taking some time off to recover from an illness.

Junior Aaliyah Edwards and freshman Ayanna Patterson were injured in UConn’s win at Xavier on Thursday. They join sophomore Caroline Ducharme, sophomore Azzi Fudd, junior Paige Bueckers and freshman Ice Brady on the inactive list.

Edwards sustained what was described alternately as a right foot or ankle injury in the first half of the Huskies 73-37 victory, diving over some courtside seats for a loose ball. It was not immediately clear when or how Patterson was hurt.

The school said it would not release any further details Friday night.

“At UConn, the health and wellbeing of our student-athletes will always be our top priority,” David Benedict, the school’s athletic director, said in a statement. “Our women’s basketball program has unfortunately been affected by an unprecedented number of injuries this season. While it’s unfortunate that we need to postpone Sunday’s game, it’s the right call to protect the safety of our student-athletes. We will work with the Big East and DePaul on options to reschedule the game.”

Bueckers and Brady are out for the season with knee injuries.

Fudd, the Huskies’ leading scorer, is expected to return shortly from a knee injury that has kept her on the bench since she was injured in a collision with Edwards during a Dec. 4 loss to Notre Dame. She has participated in warmups during the last three games as part of her rehab.

Guard Caroline Ducharme has missed two games while in concussion protocol after suffering an injury in practice.

The Huskies currently available to play include guards Nika Mühl, Lou Lopez Sénéchal, Inês Bettencourt and forwards Aubrey Griffin, Dorka Juhász and Amari DeBerry.

Auriemma has missed four games this season due to illness, and it is not clear when he might return.

“It’s been an extremely difficult month for me, and I’ve been feeling under the weather and run down,” Auriemma said in a statement Thursday. “I thought I was ready to return, but I need a little more time. I’m going to take a step back to focus on my health and will return when I feel ready.”

Despite the injuries, the Huskies have won six straight.

The school says those with tickets to Sunday’s game will be able to use them when the game is rescheduled.

UConn is next scheduled to play at St. John’s on Wednesday, while DePaul is scheduled to host Villanova that evening.

___

AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

FILE - Alex Hall of the United States, checks the score following his run in the slopestyle finals,...
Associated Press

Winter X daredevils ride fine line between height, happiness

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Freestyle skier Alex Hall’s happy place this winter has been sliding down hand rails outside of offices and schools all over Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and other midwestern spots. The steeper and twistier, the better. Last winter, he found happiness at the Beijing Olympics on a run that nobody mistook for […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Georgia: SUV in crash was for recruiting, not personal use

Georgia athletic department officials say the vehicle involved in a crash that killed a football player and employee on Jan. 15 was to be used only for recruiting activities, not personal use. The University of Georgia athletic association provided that information in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday, saying personal use of the […]
1 day ago
FILE - Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) during an NCAA college football game between Iowa St...
Associated Press

Hurts, Purdy set for college-era rematch in NFC title tilt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Hurts and Brock Purdy could be primed for a shootout in the NFC championship game. It’s the first time Hurts — the league MVP finalist for the Philadelphia Eagles — and Purdy, the ” Mr. Irrelevant ” rookie sensation for the San Francisco 49ers, have matched up in the NFL. And […]
1 day ago
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pays his respects to victims of a deadly helicopter crash d...
Associated Press

Russia issue looms for Paris Olympics, Zelenskyy rebukes IOC

GENEVA (AP) — The question of if and how Russia competes at the Olympics hangs over the 2024 Paris Summer Games. Just as it has now for five straight Olympics during Thomas Bach’s leadership of the IOC, whose support this week for some Russians to compete in Paris was publicly challenged Friday by Ukrainian President […]
1 day ago
Switzerland's Wendy Holdener speeds down the course during an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom,...
Associated Press

Shiffrin wins slalom, moves within 1 win of World Cup record

SPINDLERUV MLYN, Czech Republic (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated with a shoulder wiggle and a bright smile Saturday after dominating a slalom and moving within one victory of the 34-year-old World Cup record of 86 wins. The American showed no signs of pressure, a day before another slalom in which she could match the best […]
1 day ago
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus holds the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy aloft after defeating Elena Ryb...
Associated Press

Aryna Sabalenka wins 1st Grand Slam title at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One point away from her first Grand Slam title, Aryna Sabalenka faulted. And then she faulted again. She grimaced. She yelled and turned her back to the court. She wiggled her shoulders and exhaled. Clearly, this business of winning the Australian Open was not bound to happen without a bit of […]
1 day ago
No. 5 UConn-DePaul game postponed due to lack of players