Tuesday, October 4, 2011

For Andrea Holmes, recovery a “day-by-day” ordeal

Binghamton University women's basketball star senior guard Andrea Holmes (Mitchell) is on the road to recovery after suffering a season-ending ACL tear in her left knee late last season against Boston University.

With about a month remaining before the Bearcats open non-conference play, Holmes told reporters she feels about 70 percent following an offseason of surgery and rehab.

Last season, Holmes led the team in scoring, assists and steals, and became just the 13th player in program history to reach 1,000 points.

"It's still a great amount of pain that I feel, like every other day maybe," Holmes said. "It just has a mind of its own. When it's good, it's good; when it's bad, I really do feel bad."

Despite the pain, Holmes says she's been doing a lot of the "basic things" like running, jumping and shooting around to get herself back into "the flow of basketball."

She is currently focusing on regaining a sense of comfort in her lateral movements and cuts.

While Holmes and Binghamton head coach Nicole Scholl agree that Holmes is progressing nicely in her recovery process, no timetable has been set as of yet for her return.

"It's all day-by-day," Scholl said. "It just depends on how fast the recovery is going and what we see in practice. For me, I think my comfort level, once I see her get knocked to the ground and she gets back up and she's fine and got a smile on her face, I think that's when everybody's gonna be alright."

According to Holmes, Oct. 5 marks the six-month clearance date set by her doctor, though she'll also have to wait for clearance from the trainer.

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