University of Louisville women’s basketball senior Monique Reid has scored 16 points in the first two games of the season for the Cardinals.
But Reid has only played in 20 minutes combined during victories over Texas A&M and Portland.
The 6-foot-1 Reid, a former All-State player from Fern Creek High School, still has lingering effects from a season-ending knee injury she suffered last December. Reid played in eight games before receiving a medical redshirt for an osteochondral injury that required surgery.
”I have come a long way,” Reid said. “From where I started, I think it’s really good right now. I feel like I can play again.”
Reid said she’s having issues with some soreness in the knee sometimes after games and U of L coach Jeff Walz said he feels like she’s “not all the way back because when she gets some contact, she doesn’t like it.”
”I think it’s more mental right now,” Walz said. “She has to believe that she is OK. She has to trust it and that will get there for her. I've just got to get her back to have the confidence in her leg and knee so she can go full speed.”
Reid had 10 points and four rebounds, but turned it over four times in 13 minutes in a win against No. 15 Texas A&M. On Sunday, she had six points, two rebounds and two turnovers in seven minutes against Portland.
Walz said he could have played her longer against Portland but the game was lopsided and he would rather “keep getting that knee stronger.”
”This is my last year, so I want to go out with a bang,” Reid said. “But I really don’t have any expectations. I just want to give it 100 percent when I am out there. My whole thing was not to be bitter about my injury, but get better.
”I feel like I am getting back.”
Reid averaged 13.1 points a game during the eight games she played last season but said when she was injured it was tough on her.
”I was really nervous and scared,” she said. “I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life without basketball. So, I feel blessed to have an opportunity to come back. I am ready to try and make it all right as a senior.
”I never felt sorry for myself, I just knew I had to work hard to try and get back.”
The U of L women’s team plays next on Thursday at Austin Peay.