Former Buckeye Juhasz injured in UConn win
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — UConn's players were visibly shaken Monday night when teammate Dorka Juhasz suffered a horrific injury to her left arm during the first half of the Huskies regional final win over North Carolina State.
But in what has become a team hallmark this season, Connecticut shook off that adversity and beat the Wolfpack 91-87 in two overtimes to advance to a 14th straight Final Four.
“I think they refocused pretty well, considering,” coach Geno Auriemma said.
Juhasz is a senior transfer from Ohio State, averaging 7.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the Huskies this year. She went down in the first half when fouled on a layup attempt and tried to brace her fall.
Auriemma said there was a clean fracture and dislocation just above her left wrist. Juhasz was on the floor in tears and was helped to the locker room with her team up by seven points.
“One shining moment? Well, one moment that ain't that shiny and your season is over,” Auriemma said. “That's how fragile this is, and that's why you've go to appreciate it and you've got to enjoy it.”
The second-seeded Huskies will go into the Final Four looking for a record 12th national title. UConn faces No. 1 seed Stanford on Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.