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UConn women's basketball star Paige Bueckers considering knee surgery, might miss more time

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Paige Bueckers helped off the court after noncontact injury (0:41)

In the final minute of action, Paige Bueckers goes down with an apparent knee injury and would be helped off the court. (0:41)

Reigning women's basketball Naismith Player of the Year Paige Bueckers might be sidelined longer than originally thought. After UConn's 71-61 victory over UCLA on Saturday, coach Geno Auriemma said Bueckers was considering surgery to repair the tibial plateau fracture in her left knee.

"She needs to solicit a couple other opinions," Auriemma said. "And then the next step is there's either going to be surgery or there's not going to be surgery. And that's gotta happen relatively soon. Yes or no."

Bueckers suffered the knee injury in the final minute of UConn's game against Notre Dame on Dec. 5. The original timetable for her return was announced as 6-8 weeks, which would put a window for her return as mid to late January.

With surgery, that clock would be reset.

"Each person heals differently," Auriemma said. "If there is surgery, then I'm looking at mid-February, late February at the latest."

UConn dropped its first game without Bueckers, losing 57-44 to unranked Georgia Tech. That loss snapped Connecticut's 239-game winning streak against unranked opponents. The Huskies' next game is against No. 7 Louisville on Dec. 19.