Banks’ Journey Back From Injury Nearly Complete

The frustration of being sidelined for several months has subsided for UConn junior Brianna Banks. The urgency to get back on the court and run up and down the floor in a pick-up game with her teammates has not.

Banks’ road back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee is nearly complete. She has participated in preseason conditioning drills. She has taken part in individual workouts. Playing full-court and absorbing contact is seemingly the lone obstacle remaining to be cleared.

“I’m feeling good,’’ Banks said. “I’ve been trying to play pick-up for like a good month now and it just seems like it’s never working out. I’m just taking it slow now and trying to get it together.’’

Banks, an ultra quick 5-foot-9 guard who underwent surgery March 14, said that she expects to be cleared to play full-court within the next couple of weeks. She plans to practice when the defending national champion Huskies officially begin Oct. 19 and she has no doubt that she will be ready to compete in the season-opener against Hartford Nov. 9.

Banks said spent every day with team athletic trainer Rosemary Ragle rehabilitating her knee until she was granted weekends off about a month ago. The sessions included strength, conditioning and power exercises.

“Everything’s been encouraging,’’ Banks said. “Rosie’s been encouraging. Rehab’s been encouraging every day. Just working out with my teammates has been encouraging. Everything that I’m doing every day is encouraging because I know I’m one step closer to getting better.’’

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