By LARRY VAUGHT
Finally Maci Morris has admitted that she was hurting a lot more the second half of the season than she wanted to let anyone know.
She says her IT band — the iliotibial band — was “really painful” the second half of the season. The injury is caused by activities like running where one bends his or her knee repeatedly. The IT band is fibers that run from the outside of the hips to the outside of the thigh and knee to the top of the shinbone. It can lead to swelling and pain around the knee and eventually usually gets better with rest and treatment rather than surgery.
Morris said the game she could not play was a “last-second decision” because she could not even run in pregame warmups.
“I had to tell Coach (Matthew Mitchell) that I could not play,” Morris said. “After that he basically sat me out for a week. It got better to where at least I could play and manage the pain.”
Yet she now admits her mobility and quickness were impacted.
“I would be limited in certain things. It ever got back to 100 percent until I was able to rest after our season ended,” Morris said.
How much and how often did it hurt?
“When I was running, every time I had to bend my knee just felt like I had a knife stabbing me in the leg,” Morris said.
Yet she still managed to average 15.1 points per game and shot 45.2 percent from 3-point range where she made 75 3’s. She led the SEC and was sixth in the nation in 3-point percentage. She scored in double figures in 26 games and had eight games with 20 or more points.