VAUGHT:Painful comeback for Elliott

Sarah Elliott is not afraid to admit that her comeback from knee surgery last year was a lot more painful than she wanted anyone to know.

Sarah Elliott is not afraid to admit that her comeback from knee surgery last year was a lot more painful than she wanted anyone to know. "Oh, yeah it hurt. Everybody always says to keep your composure and not let people know you are injured or how bad something hurts because that is part of the game," said Elliott, a junior center. "But it hurt all the time. It didn't matter whether it was practice or just walking around. It was constant pounding on a knee that was trying to heal and it hurt."

Just how bad was the pain?

"I am going to say I did cry. Any knee surgery, and I don't care how big or how little you are, you are going to have hard times. I had some really hard times with my knee. I fought through it. We all fought through it as a team, and I made it. Now I am better and ready to go."

Elliott couldn't hide her enthusiasm for this season even when she talked about practice. "It's a great feeling just to practice. I am not struggling as much as I was last year," she said. "I am able to finish practice without pain. It is where I would love to be at. It's exactly where I want to be right now. I am not completely pain free, but I am to the place where I can play 100 percent and be effective. So with the knee better, what will Elliott be able to do to help Kentucky more this year?

"You will see better conditioning out of me. I will be able to run. I am in so much better condition this time than I was ever last year at any point," she said. "Once the season gets going and we all get in the great condition we plan to be in in January, it's just going to help me and everybody else for me to get up and down the court more and play more minutes without pain. There's really nothing I shouldn't do better because when you can play pain free, everything is just a lot easier."


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