The UConn women’s basketball team will be without one of their reserve guards for the NCAA Tournament as the school announced freshman Mikayla Coombs is out for the year with a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
The Buford, GA native has struggled to see much playing time this season, appearing in 25 games and averaging 1.7 points per game while shooting just 23.2 percent in 6.5 minutes per game. Coombs’ best game came in the blowout win over Wichita State when she logged five points, three rebounds and two steals in 12 minutes of action.
Out of high school, Coombs was the 2017 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year and a four-time All-American. She was rated as the 13th-best recruit and the second-best point guard prospect in the class of 2018 by ESPN.
The injury doesn’t change the Huskies’ title hopes at all as Coombs rarely saw the court outside of garbage time. If her minutes do need to be replaced, they’ll likely be taken by sophomore guard Molly Bent.