Longtime UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey gave her team a scare when she fainted Sunday before the start of the No. 5 Huskies’ game against 10th-ranked North Carolina State.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma said after the game that Dailey is OK and “there's nothing serious, nothing threatening."
Auriemma said that Dailey wasn’t feeling well before the game. As the national anthem ended, Dailey had to be held up by UConn personnel before she was laid down on the court. She was attended to by medical personnel for a few minutes before she left on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital.
“She felt something wasn’t right,” Auriemma said. “We had a hard time getting her to walk off the court. That’s when I became more concerned than anything. Then obviously she’s on the floor, everything runs through your mind, everything you can imagine. Glad we had really good people here, they were on it right away. I know it shook up a lot of people in our program.”
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The officials met at half court and put 10 minutes on the clock to allow the teams to gather themselves in the locker room.
UConn guard Nika Muhl said Dailey texted the players during the game that she was OK, saying “guys, I'm sorry for the drama, I'm fine.”
She was taken to UConn Health to be evaluated and was later released, according to a spokesperson for UConn Athletics.
Dailey has been with Auriemma since he took over in 1985. She's filled in for him 13 times and never lost, including the first two rounds of the 2021 NCAA Tournament when he was sidelined with COVID-19.
Dailey was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 — one of the first-ever assistant coaches to earn that honor.
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