UConn women\u2019s basketball star Paige Bueckers underwent surgery on her left knee at UConn Health last Friday, the University announced in a statement Tuesday. The school said Bueckers underwent successful surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Bueckers began rehab on Saturday and will be regularly monitored by the UConn medical staff throughout her recovery. UConn announced Bueckers\u2019 injury last Wednesday, stating she was injured two days earlier during a pickup game, with confirmation via MRI coming later in the day. UConn said Bueckers will miss the 2022-23 season. On Saturday, the junior posted a collection of photos on Instagram from the hospital, including a video of her propped up in bed post surgery wearing bandages and a brace on her left leg. Bueckers missed 19 games last season after injuring her left knee in the final seconds of a game against Notre Dame. Bueckers\u2019 anterior tibial plateau fracture and lateral meniscus tear required surgery, keeping her on the bench for over two months. She also missed much of the offseason between her freshman and sophomore seasons after having surgery on her right ankle on April 30, 2021. \u201cIt\u2019s 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,\u201d Bueckers, 20, wrote on Instagram last week. \u201cIt\u2019s hard trying to make sense of it all now but I can\u2019t help but think that God is using me as a testimony as to how much you can overcome with Him by your side. Some little kid that just tore their ACL or had a major surgery might need this story P, because it\u2019s going to be one hell of a comeback. There is going to be good days and there is going to be bad days but my absolute love for the game and Godly strength will get me back to where I need to be.\u201d Bueckers returned down the stretch to help lead UConn to its 14th straight Final Four appearance where the Huskies fell to South Carolina in the national championship game. Bueckers scored 27 points in a double-overtime win over N.C. State in the Bridgeport Regional final. \u201cWe\u2019re all devastated for Paige,\u201d Auriemma said in a statement released last Wednesday. \u201cShe\u2019s worked really hard to get stronger and healthier this offseason, and this is an unfortunate setback. Paige is obviously an amazing basketball player but she\u2019s a better person and teammate and it\u2019s really unfortunate that this has happened to her. We\u2019ll miss her presence on the court, but she\u2019ll 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.\u201d Bueckers is expected to return to play at UConn for the 2023-24 season and retains NCAA eligibility for 2024-25, too, due to the NCAA granting an extra season to student-athletes who played through the the pandemic season of 2020-21. She can likely continue to make a comfortable living through name, image and likeness deals during her recovery and thereafter, eventually finishing her work toward a bachelor\u2019s degree and even a master\u2019s before leaving UConn. During the 2020-21 season, Bueckers put together one of the best seasons by a freshman in the sport\u2019s history, averaging 20 points, 5.8 assists and 4.9 and 36.2 minutes. Bueckers became the first freshman to sweep the following national player of the year awards: the Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy, AP Player of the Year and USBWA Player of the Year.