STORRS, Conn. — The UConn Huskies added another point guard to its roster on Friday after missing out on a star Paige Buecker for the upcoming season due to a knee injury earlier this month.
Inês Bettencourt, a 5-foot-9 keeper from the Azores in Portugal, will be joining the team as a freshman, the school announced.
“Inês is a real point guard. He likes to distribute the ball and can shoot,” said coach Geno Auriemma. “He’s used to playing in a European style of ball movement, ball screens, lots of 2 man play, 3 man play. I think he’s a tough kid and a great competitor. I’m glad we found him.”
Bettencourt joined 6-3 forward Isuneh Brady and 6-2 forward Ayanna Patterson in the freshman class of Huskies.
He will give depth to Husky behind junior Nika Muhlwhich is expected to start at that point while Bueckers is rehabilitating a torn ACL in his left knee.
UConn announced August 3 that the Bueckers had sustained an injury in a pickup basketball game, and an MRI confirmed an ACL tear. It was the same knee he injured last year, causing him to lose significant time.
Bettencourt plays for Clube União Sportiva in the Azores and recently led Portugal to a championship match at the FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship, Division B, where she averaged 14.4 points.