It was a momentous day for Kelly Faris in terms of recognition from the Big East Conference.
Of course, no one cares less about personal accolades than Faris. But in one day she discovered she’d been selected to the Big East’s second team, a co-winner of its Most Improved Player [with DePaul’s Brittany Hrynko] and its Defensive Player of the Year.
“Kelly definitely deserve it [the defensive player],” Geno Auriemma said. “When you work so hard at something, it’s nice to see it rewarded. Most times it’s the shot-blockers that get the notice. What Kelly does is not so obvious.”
There was only one thing wrong. Faris could not practice Thursday.
She has a sprained left foot, suffered in Monday night’s triple overtime loss to Notre Dame, a game in which she played 53 of the 55 minutes.
“It was just one of those freak things,” Faris said. “I just planted my foot [on the last play of the first half] and pushed off. And it happened. No big deal.”
UConn says she is day-to-day.
“It’s not 100 percent that she will play [this weekend], but there’s a good possibility she will,” Auriemma said. “With the right exercise and rehab, she should be fine.”
She has two days left to get better before the Huskies begin play in their final Big East tournament with a quarterfinal game at 6 at the XL Center.
“Not playing is not really a thought,” Faris said. “Not playing is not an option at all. I’m just happy it wasn’t worse than a couple of sprained ligaments. So I’m resting it.”