Kingman's Lindsey Reed wrapping up last season at Idaho State
'I want to make it my best one'
11/17/2013 6:01:00 AM
By Shawn Byrne
It was four years ago around this time when Lindsey Reed was a senior at Kingman High and her teammates were getting ready for a much-anticipated basketball season for the Lady Bulldogs.
Now Reed is a senior guard for the Idaho State Lady Bengals and has started her final season in Pocatello, Idaho.
"It's a little bittersweet," Reed said. "It's my last one and I want to make it my best one."
The Lady Bengals have started the year 2-0 and Reed has been named as one of the team's captains. She's averaging 10.5 points per game over her career and has been in the starting lineup in 91 of the 94 games she's played in. The games she didn't start were on ISU's annual Senior Nights during her first three seasons.
"I've been fortunate enough to be on a team and with a coach who believes in me to help the program be successful," Reed said. "I'm just glad to have the opportunity to play basketball."
ISU has been successful during Reed's tenure. Two seasons ago, when she was a sophomore, the Lady Bengals won the Big Sky Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship tournament, where they lost to Miami. Last season, ISU made the Women's National Invitational Tournament and was eliminated by BYU in the first round.
If the Lady Bengals are going to enjoy that kind of success again this year, coach Seton Sobolewski believes Reed will have to shoulder a lot of responsibility.
"Lindsey is our returning leading scorer and should be our leading scorer," Sobolewski told the ISU Sports Information Department. "She did a lot of work over the summer to make herself better."
Reed didn't shy away from being a floor general when she was with KHS, and she seems ready to take on that same role for the Lady Bengals.
"I want to be the best captain I can be," she said. "I want to be a leader, a scoring threat and play good defense."
Though playing basketball at the D-I level has gone pretty much the way Reed expected, she has experienced her fair share of wake-up calls during her career.
"I didn't know just how much time and work I would have to put into it," she said. "And there were a lot of challenges I had to face, but they've made me stronger. I've enjoyed myself and I wouldn't change a thing."
Reed is expecting to graduate in the spring with a sports management major, and as an achiever, she's left herself plenty of options to explore.
She said she might go on to get her master's, pursue a job as a trainer and/or coach, or even explore if she can keep playing.
"I've talked to coach about playing overseas," she said. "There are opportunities to do that."
ISU has embarked on a nine-game road trip beginning today at Illinois-Chicago. The Lady Bengals will be in Flagstaff on Feb. 27 to face Northern Arizona.