UConn women’s basketball freshman Azzi Fudd limited by illness in loss to South Carolina

Injuries and illnesses have been the mark of the UConn women’s basketball season and the theme continued until the final game.

Freshman Azzi Fudd, one of the team’s best offensive players, felt sick with a stomach bug Saturday night. She woke up not feeling well Sunday and missed the team’s morning shootaround.

Fudd was determined to play in the national title game. She was in the starting lineup, but proved to be a non-factor in the 64-49 loss to South Carolina at Target Center.

“She didn’t feel well (Saturday night, so we knew it was going to be iffy,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “Obviously it was just one more thing that – throw it on top of all the other things. said, maybe it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. South Carolina was that good. You’ve got to win with what you have. “

Fudd was limited to five minutes in the first half. She did not take a shot in the first half as UConn trailed 35-27 at the break.

She started the second half and was on the floor as South Carolina began the third quarter with a 9-0 run. Fudd played five minutes of the third quarter, missing two shots including a 3-pointer.

Fudd returned to the game 2:05 into the fourth quarter and hit her first shot – a 3-pointer – with 4:08 remaining in the game.

Overall, she had three points in 17 minutes.

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