KINGMAN - Idaho State's Lindsey Reed returned to Arizona and scored 12 points, tied for a game-high nine rebounds and kept Northern Arizona's leading scorer, Amy Patton, in check for most of the game Saturday in Flagstaff.
Reed, a 2010 Kingman High graduate, played 37 minutes in NAU's 59-55 win over the Bengals.
"Lindsey's doing great," ISU coach Seton Sobolewski said. "It's tough for any freshman to play a lot at the Division I level. She's doing well, and we can see the potential."
An approximate crowd of 50 fans from Kingman was on hand to see Reed take on the Lumberjacks, and she didn't disappoint. Sobolewski said her success so far is due to her work ethic.
"I expect that within a year or two, Lindsey is going to break all of our team records in the weight room," the coach said.
Reed usually gets the assignment of guarding the opposing team's top offensive player because she is long, athletic and her conditioning warrants it.
"Lindsey can run all day and night," Sobolewski said. "She's never happy with her conditioning, but she's physically able to keep up with the top players."
When Reed was a Lady Bulldog and two-time Northwest Region Player of the Year, she often found herself in foul trouble. That happened to her a few games at the start of this season, but Sobolewski seems to have nipped it in the bud. Reed finished with just one foul against NAU.
"That was her getting over-excited," the coach said. "We had to make her make better decisions. She's learning, and she's going through freshmen stuff. She's had moments where she shows you the type of player she will be in the future."
Sobolewski said he wouldn't be surprised when Reed becomes one of the top scorers in the Big Sky Conference in a couple years. Add that to ISU returning all five of its starters next season, and the people in Pocatello are excited about their Bengals.
"We get great fan support," the coach said. "The community really loves Lindsey. She's fitting in really well."