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Sunday, February 10, 2013

No rush for Brianna Banks' ACL surgery

Following Sunday's win over DePaul, UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma said that making sure sophomore guard Brianna Banks is comfortable academically is more important than rushing to have the torn ACL in her right knee repaired.

"We haven't set a date yet," Auriemma said. "One of the things we talked about is that the hardest part of school for a basketball player is the first three or four weeks of a semester. It is not ideal to all of sudden be laid up with surgery at the beginning of the semester so I think we are going to have to look at the schedule and find out what works, what time frame works best. My guess is we are going to give her a chance to do some rehab, get stronger and get herself in pretty good shape for this semester school wise and then go from there."

The spring semester started on Jan. 22 meaning that we are fast approaching the three-week mark of the semester with the four-week mark coming on Feb. 19. Auriemma didn't rule out waiting until spring break, which starts on Mar. 17, before having Banks go under the knife.

"It doesn't matter, possibility have it around that time," Auriemma said. "You can do it tomorrow, you can do it next week, next month all it does is push back when you are going do it. We have certainly had our share and if there is anybody better than Rosemary (Ragle, UConn's athletic trainer) out there, I don't know who it is. We have great doctors, we have a great athletic trainer and it was pretty clean cut, no other complications."

Auriemma expects Banks to be ready for the start of her junior season.

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