SAN FRANCISCO — When an injury struck Alexis Robinson last spring, she went through the usual gamut of emotions. Disbelief. Anger. Frustration.

Yet once she sorted through those feelings and set her sights on attacking the comeback trail, Robinson needed to look no further than her younger sister for inspiration.

Robinson tore the ACL in her left knee in the Buffaloes' win against UNLV in the first round of the NIT on March 16. It was an injury suffered previously last fall by her younger sister, Mykasa, and watching how diligently her sister attacked her rehabilitation made an impact on Robinson throughout her recovery.

"I was pretty confident I'd be back," Robinson said during Wednesday's Pac-12 Conference media day. "My sister, she had recently torn her ACL this past fall and she recovered pretty quickly. Being my younger sister, she was my inspiration for that. I just kind of looked at her process and how things went for her, and I kind of based myself off that.

"As far as how everything went this summer with rehab, it seemed really fast but it was actually pretty slow. We really weaned myself into it. And then I guess at the right time, when practice started hitting, we just started going really hard and got really aggressive with my rehab and stuff like that."

Head coach JR Payne said she expects Robinson to be ready for the team's season-opener at Samford on Nov. 10.


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