UE sophomore Khristian Hart just wants to start and finish an entire season with the women’s basketball team.
“And I haven’t done that since I’ve been here,” Hart said.
The Aces’ leading scorer saw her season end early due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered a week ago today.
Hart, a Harrison High School graduate, already missed time as a freshman for double stress fractures before redshirting as a sophomore to get healthy and learn coach Oties Epps’ system.
“I’m definitely coming back,” she said. “I’m excited. I’ll be fine. Everyone says you come back stronger.”
Hart was told her recovery could take six to eight months. She’s thinking more along the lines or five to six.
Every day, Hart updates her progress on Twitter. Part of that is to keep family and friends informed. She also wants to see just how many days it will take to be 100 percent again.
If she can’t be back to start next season, waiting until conference play is one option. Another is applying for a medical redshirt to preserve both years of eligibility.
“She’s had two major surgeries in the past that were much more invasive than the one she’s going to have, so we feel very confident that she’ll be able to come back from this with no problem,” Epps said. “She has a positive attitude, and I think a lot of it stems from the past and what she’s been through already with a lot of her injuries.
“She knows she can get back and be a good player for us. She was having a great year. It kind of sucks for her because she was a player of the year candidate and all that kind of stuff. But she gets to come back, be a junior and start all over again.”
Look for more on Hart’s recovery in Friday’s Courier & Press.