UConn Basketball Star Paige Bueckers Relies On God After ACL Injury

Photo from Paige Bueckers’ Instagram

UConn Basketball Star Paige Bueckers Relies On God After ACL Injury

By Movieguide® Staff

University of Connecticut basketball star Paige Bueckers relies on more than her talent on the court.

The All-American player watched from the sideline last season after tearing her ACL—forcing her to miss 19 games of her Sophomore year with the Huskies.

Bueckers made a healthy recovery and led her team to the national championships in her Junior year.

But after a year of recovery and success, Bueckers tore her ACL again in an off-season pickup game.

“It’s so, so crazy because you work so hard to get back healthy, you feel stronger than ever, and you are playing your best basketball, and with one sudden movement, it all shifts,” Bueckers wrote on her Instagram. “It’s hard trying to make sense of it all now, but I can’t help but think that God is using me as a testimony as to how much you can overcome with Him by your side.”

But Buecker said her faith in God would carry her through another painful recovery time.

Geno Auriemma, the Huskies head coach, couldn’t help but describe the hole Bueckers leaves for their team.

“She’s worked really hard to get stronger and healthier this offseason, and this is an unfortunate setback,” he said. “Paige is obviously an amazing basketball player but she’s a better person and teammate and it’s really unfortunate that this has happened to her. We’ll miss her presence on the court, but she’ll do everything she can to still lead and help her teammates this season. Our program will support Paige through her healing process to help her come back better and stronger.”

But Buecker hopes to return to the court soon by relying on God’s strength and hard work.

“My absolute love for the game and godly strength will get me back to where I need to be,” she wrote. “I’ve worked too hard for the little kid in these pictures to keep going for the dreams I’ve had since I first picked up the ball, so why would I stop now? The prayers and love means so much to me, and the doubts that I won’t get back to where I was might mean even more. God put a dream in my heart, and even if I have to walk through a nightmare to get it, I’m going to keep believing.”

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