Makayla Waterman became the center of attention Saturday at Wisconsin, but not for any reason the Ohio State women’s basketball forward would have wanted.
The former Fairmont star was down for several minutes before being carted off the floor and taken to the emergency room after a hard fall during the Buckeyes’ 68-55 win.
“It was definitely scary because with something like your neck you never want to risk anything, so I think I was just more nervous,” she said Tuesday before the Buckeyes took the practice floor. “I was definitely in pain, but I was also nervous because the squad was coming and getting a stretcher. My parents weren’t there. It hurt, but it was just more nerve-wracking with all the people surrounding me.”
The trip to the ER turned out to be precautionary. A doctor checked her out and determined Waterman had suffered no structural damage. She did not have a concussion, either.
Three days later, she said she was feeling a lot better, though she was still a little stiff and not quite certain when she will be ready to play again for the Buckeyes, who are tied for second place in the Big Ten standings.
Ohio State and Nebraska are both 1.5 games behind Maryland with five conference games to play.
Not surprisingly, Waterman’s high-profile injury brought well wishes from many people, something she appreciated very much.
“Just thanks for the thoughts and prayers. It means a lot to my family and to me personally. I appreciate all the support. It’s good to know people have my back.”