Rehab Underway For Banks; No Surgery Date Set

Sophomore guard Brianna Banks has already begun the road back to full strength. UConn coach Geno Auriemma said today that she began the rehabilitation process last Sunday, the day after she suffered a torn ACL in her right knee at St. John’s.

A date for surgery has not yet been set, according to Auriemma.

“All her time now is spent making sure that the leg is strong enough and that she’s in the best shape possible for when surgery does occur,’’ Auriemma said. “So rehab started the very next day. And it’ll continue leading up the surgery and then, obviously, for a long, long time after that. But this is a good way for her to get kind of a preview of what it’s going to be like. No matter how much you explain it to somebody until they go through it’s hard to prepare somebody for it.’’

Banks was on the floor for just 1:22 before sustaining the injury with 10:02 left in the first half last Saturday at Carnesecca Arena. She was called for an offensive foul on the play, colliding with St. John’s junior Briana Brown.

Results of an MRI administered last Sunday confirmed the extent of Banks’ injury. She averaged 7.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 17.1 minutes in 21 games this season.

“She’s had a really good attitude about everything so far,’’ UConn senior Kelly Faris said. “Obviously, I’ve never been through something like that so I don’t know how I’d handle it. But she’s surprised me with her attitude and how positive she’s staying. You can tell that she just wants to get it over with and get it behind her and move on.’’