The UConn stars are both expected to make full recoveries
Two players for the University of Connecticut are recovering after separate successful surgeries in the offseason. According to a release from the school, incoming senior Crystal Dangerfield and incoming transfer Evina Westbrook underwent surgeries recently.
Dangerfield had hip surgery on May 30, while Westbrook had left knee surgery June 4. The school says both players are expected to fully recover in the next four months.
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Dangerfield looks to lead a new-look UConn squad back to the Final Four despite losing Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson to graduation (and the WNBA). The native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., averaged 13.4 points and 3.3 rebounds last season. Dangerfield also registered 225 assists, good for second on the school’s single-season list. She finished all but five of UConn’s games in double figures in 2018-19.
It is unclear whether Westbrook will have to be ready to play for UConn this season due to her transfer status. According to the Hartford (Ct.) Courant, the school applied for a waiver for Westbrook through the NCAA, but there’s no word yet if it was granted or not. Either way, Westbrook has two years of eligibility remaining after she entered the transfer portal following her sophomore season at Tennessee. She averaged a team-high 14.9 points for the Lady Vols along with just over five assists per game. A native of Salem, Ore., Westbrook was named the 2017 Morgan Wootten and USA Today National Player of the Year.
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