Lincoln - Knee injuries have forced sophomore Layne Reeves to end her playing career, Nebraska women's basketball coach Connie Yori announced on Thursday, Jan. 13.
Reeves, a 5-11 guard from Lubbock, Texas, appeared in Nebraska's season-opening win against Vermont on Nov. 13, but underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Nov. 24. It was Reeves' fifth knee surgery of her career and second at Nebraska.
"It is really unfortunate that Layne's injuries have kept her from contributing more on the court for our basketball team, but she has been a great contributor to our program," Yori said. "We wish we would have been able to see more of what Layne was truly able to do on the court, but we know she is a great person off the court. She is an outstanding teammate and will continue to be a part of our Nebraska program."
Reeves' most recent surgery was on her right knee. She had her first in March of 2004, after tearing her right ACL as a seventh grader. After signing a National Letter of Intent with Nebraska in November of 2007, Reeves tore the ACL in her left knee as a senior at Trinity Christian High School in December. She underwent a pair of surgeries in Texas before arriving at Nebraska as a freshman. Complications with the injury caused a third surgery on her left knee in January of 2009. She redshirted her first season at Nebraska.
Last season as a redshirt freshman, Reeves was able to contribute as a reserve to the best season in Nebraska history. She appeared in 24 games, playing 154 total minutes. She scored 30 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, dished out seven assists and recorded five steals and three blocks. An outstanding shooter, Reeves also connected on 8-of-15 three-point attempts.
Reeves, a marketing major in her third year at Nebraska, played 11 minutes in the opening game this season against Vermont. She hit 1-of-2 three-point attempts in NU's run past the Catamounts.
"It has been frustrating and emotionally draining to deal with my injuries over the past several years, but I understand those things are part of the game and part of life," Reeves said. "I am going to move on and focus on life after basketball by continuing my academics at Nebraska. I am still going to support my teammates and friends and stay close to the program."