In case you were wondering Thursday night why USI’s Jessica Parker was playing after I reported she had a hurt her knee and was “day to day,” according to coach Rick Stein, well, it turns out she wasn’t really hurt.
Stein and the USI athletic training staff first thought she might have a torn meniscus (that’s medical anatomical lingo for cartilage) in one of her knees. But an MRI showed she didn’t. So the 6-foot Parker was back on the court, playing 21 minutes against Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday night, scoring seven points and hitting a big 3-point basket in the second half. So, on Friday, I asked Stein the simple question, “What gives?”
“The MRI came back negative; there was no structural damage,” he told me. “I don’t think she feels perfect, but it was a positive for us.”
Parker didn’t look a step slow Thursday night. She also grabbed three rebounds, so she wasn’t afraid of mixing it up inside. Simply put: without her seven points, that game would have been altogether different.
Probably best to remember USI men’s coach Rodney Watson’s comment every time I ask him about injuries: “Everybody’s hurt this time of year.”