UConn injury woes continue with potential loss of Aaliyah Edwards

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 03: UConn Huskies forward Aaliyah Edwards (3) looks down the court during the women's college basketball game between the Butler Bulldogs and UConn Huskies on January 3, 2023, at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Aaliyah Edwards has been vital for perpetually shorthanded UConn this season. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

No. 5 UConn is somehow on a winning streak and a losing streak at the same time.

The Huskies notched their seventh consecutive victory on Thursday with a dominant 73-37 win over Xavier, but potentially lost Aaliyah Edwards, their top remaining healthy player, to a foot injury in the first half.

UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey told the SNY broadcast that Edwards tweaked her ankle when tripping over some chairs and landing in the crowd. She finished with four points, five rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes.

Dailey said the program will know more about Edwards' status on Friday.

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Edwards was recently named to the Wooden Award's Top 25 watchlist and entered Thursday averaging 17.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 63.5 percent from the field.

Any time lost for Edwards would be yet another major setback for UConn, which is currently 13-2. The Huskies lost 2020-21 National Player of the Year Paige Bueckers to a torn ACL before the season and top recruit Isuneh Brady to a dislocated patella not long after.

Azzi Fudd, who stepped in with 20.6 points per game, remains out with a knee injury, but seems to be nearing a return. Other names like Caroline Ducharme, Dorka Juhasz and Aubrey Griffin have missed or are currently missing time and, because no one is safe, head coach Geno Auriemma has missed four straight games with an illness.

We're basically looking at a Ship of Theseus philosophy experiment playing out in Storrs right now, but the program is apparently doing its best to reverse the problem:

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We'll see how effective that strategy is during their next game, scheduled for Sunday against DePaul.