UConn coach Geno Auriemma talks about Paige Bueckers harm.

STORRS – When UConn girls’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has a staff just like the one he had assembled, led by a participant like Paige Bueckers, he can let most of his midsummer basketball ideas skip proper previous winter and towards spring.

Auriemma and his employees have been in a mode of fine-tuning final month, beginning to think about the small particulars that may make or break nationwide championship aspirations, when phrase got here down that Bueckers had torn her ACL and would miss the 2022-23 season.

“There was an enormous psychological shift,” Auriemma mentioned Thursday, assembly the media for the primary time since Bueckers’ harm was introduced Aug. 3. “One week you are having a dialog about what we have to do to prepare for March. After which on one cellphone name, someday, your dialog turns to, ‘How are we going to compensate for, arguably, dropping the most effective gamers to play right here in a protracted, very long time.”

Bueckers, whose had a largely disrupted sophomore season after profitable each main nationwide participant of the yr award as a freshman, was injured whereas driving to the basket throughout a pick-up recreation on the Werth Champions Middle. She had surgical procedure Aug. 5 and can return to the Huskies as a redshirt junior in 2023-24.

This was a blow on two ranges.