Rachel Theriot is wearing a cast again. After the cast comes off April 11, she'll wear another boot on her left foot. The former Nebraska women's basketball guard, for the second straight year, had surgery on her left foot, this time for a torn peroneal tendon under her ankle.
"I'm sick of the cast and I'll be sick of the boot," Theriot said this week by phone.
The point guard — who graduates from UNL in May with a degree in child, youth and family studies — underwent surgery one day after NU's regular season ended and Theriot's Senior Day. Theriot couldn't play in that game or any of the Huskers' last three home games. The pain in her ankle was too significant.
Before she had surgery — exploratory, since trainers weren't quite sure what was wrong — doctors gave her the best and worst case scenarios. The tendon tear, Theriot said, was kind of a middle scenario.
In Feburary 2015, when she tore up the ankle in practice and had to miss the last half of that season, the problem was worse. Theriot was out for roughly six months. When she returned, she was healthy for awhile, she said, before reinjuring her left foot right before Christmas break in a game against Northern Arizona. She said she was diagnosed with a bone bruise at the time. Theriot thought the injury might get better but it never really improved.
"There's nothing I could have done differently or the coaches or the trainers," Theriot said. "I think it's something like last year. You didn't see it coming. It just happened. It's a gray area. Of course you want to play and you want to do things. You don't really want to give up. You don't really want to be selfish. You keep playing. There's times where I thought 'Yeah, I should have just stopped at that point, have them look at it and get surgery and get better.' Things like that run through my head but it's not like I regret (playing). Some things could have been different, but you do what you do."
Theriot is now looking forward to the WNBA Draft, which occurs on April 14. A few teams inquired about Theriot prior to the most recent surgery, but Theriot said she wasn't sure what would happen this summer with the WNBA.
She still wants to play pro basketball, however, including overseas. When her rehab is done — likely sometime this summer — Theriot said she had many strengths for pro teams to consider.
"My knowledge of the game can carry me a long way," Theriot said. "Obviously, I may not be the quickest, or most athletic, but I think I can make up for it in other areas."