New York Liberty guard Epiphanny Prince is coming back. She tore her right anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in November 2015 while playing for Dynamo Kursk, a Russian Premier League basketball team, according to the New York Times. Prince underwent surgery in December 2015 shortly following the injury.

She participated in practice with the Liberty on Friday for the first time this season. The WNBA’s league-wide break for the 2016 Rio Olympics was the perfect opportunity for Prince to ease back into the basketball routine. Prince missed the first 26 games of the season while recovering.

Although she is a two-time All-Star, the Liberty have shown little sign of slowing down without Prince. With a record of 18-8 (.692 winning percentage), New York currently sits atop the Eastern Conference standings, four and a half games ahead of the Atlanta Dream. Despite the Liberty’s success, Prince is still a welcome addition to the Liberty as they look to maintain their standing with eight games remaining in the season.

With a coincidental eight games separating the 21-3 first-place Los Angeles Sparks from the 13-12 fourth-place Atlanta Dream, home-court playoff advantage is still up for grabs. This postseason will be the first under the WNBA’s new open playoff format in which the top eight teams are seeded based on their overall record and not by conference standings. Home-court advantage could prove valuable to a team like New York, who could travel to Los Angeles as many as three times in five-game playoff series.

Prince could make her 2016 debut as early as Friday versus the San Antonio Stars. She averaged 15.0 points per game last season in New York for the second-highest season points total on the team.

Brad Omland is the Managing Editor of TheSportsBlaze.com. Follow him on Twitter for sports updates and commentary: @bradradio.