Franklin Getting Healthy for UVa

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Ataira Franklin has long been troubled by knee issues during her time in Virginia uniform.

The senior sharpshooter rested for much of the offseason in hopes of keeping her legs fresh, and the results through two games showed the rust.

Franklin scored just eight points total in the Cavs' first two games, a loss at James Madison and a home win over High Point.

But she appeared to have rounded a corner Saturday in Virginia's 95-82 win over Louisiana Tech.

"Frankie" scored 16 points, doubling her season's output, with four three-pointers, five assists and five rebounds in the Cavaliers' highest point total since 2009.

"I've been feeling good," Franklin said. "I think for me, it's just a matter of getting my wind back. I was a little bit limited in the offseason and the preseason so it's been a little tough for me trying to get back in the flow of things but I think as I get in better shape the game will come to me."

The pre-season All-ACC selection is the Cavaliers' leader on offense and is the point-person in Joanne Boyle's press defense. Her return to form Saturday was a welcomed sight for the head coach.

"I mean it's everything," Boyle said. "Her leadership; she's a consistent three-point shooter for us, she runs the top of our press. Frankie understands, it, she knows it."

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