DENVER, CO - APRIL 01: Kelly Faris #34 of the Connecticut Huskies looks on against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Pepsi Center on April 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Last month, Kelly Faris' rookie season with the WNBA's Connecticut Sun ended with 10 games left in the regular season. A foot injury suffered in her final college regular-season game back in March finally caught up to her.
“Obviously, the summer didn’t go the way that everyone had hoped,” Faris said, via SNY.com. “We were kind of dealt a bad hand with everything that happened with the injuries. It’s hard when everything is new and everything kind of seems to be falling apart. You get frustrated. It seemed like we were digging ourselves out of a hole the whole season. Hopefully, next season will be better and we’ll avoid the injuries.”
More details via SNY.com's Carl Adamec:
The Plainfield, Ind., native missed most of the preseason to rest a left foot injury she suffered in UConn’s final regular season game at Notre Dame March 4. It was a sign of things to come for the Sun, who had their original 11-player roster available for only two of their 34 games.
Faris came off the bench for the first 21 games before earning her first start against the Atlanta Dream on Aug. 11. She finished with season highs of 11 points, seven rebounds, and two assists with no turnovers in 34 minutes as the Sun edged the Dream 88-86. She would start the next two games but her left foot became more and more troublesome. She was shut down for the season on Aug. 20.
“I tried to hold out as long as possible,” Faris continued. “It was just bad timing for me. It was like, ‘OK, I finally got my chance. I’m finally able to help in some way.’ Then all of a sudden I’m out. It was frustrating. I would have liked to have kept going but it wouldn’t have been the smartest decision.”
Faris finished her rookie season averaging 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14. 1 minutes. For now, her offseason priorities include getting healthy.
“I have to talk to the doctors during our exit physicals,” Faris said. “Right now I’m just playing it by ear, seeing how much longer they want to me sit out. Hopefully it won’t be much longer.”