There was little Brene Moseley could do this past season when the Maryland women’s basketball team desperately needed a true point guard. The sophomore tore her left ACL during an intrasquad scrimmage in late October. And it meant Moseley’s contributions would be limited to occasional instruction or an encouraging word.
Moseley watched each game from the bench, initially requiring crutches to make the short trip from the locker room to the court. Even when she was able to get around without assistance, Moseley harbored no illusions of reentering the lineup and perhaps risking another injury.
The first-team All-Met had recovered from a torn right ACL during her senior year at Paint Branch High in 2010, and that familiarity allowed Moseley to manage a situation that otherwise may have been unbearably frustrating. But patience remains her strongest ally more than eight months after surgery. Even though doctors have cleared her to play, Coach Brenda Frese and the Terrapins’ training staff are not allowing her to participate in the pickup games that are a staple of the summer.
“Honestly, I feel like now is harder than the season because I’m there,” Moseley said. “Like, I’m back.”
Moseley has been practicing with teammates during the offseason, but she continues to pay close attention to conditioning in a controlled setting. Her knee has a full range of motion, and with three more months dedicated to fortifying the joint, there should be virtually no doubt about its integrity by the start of the season.
“I mean, she really wasn’t delightful the first month or so,” said Terrapins trainer Megan Rogers, who has worked extensively with Moseley throughout her recovery process. “Then she kind of bought into it.”
A typical session for Moseley over the last several months has included strength-training exercises such as leg presses and running stairs as well as other activities designed to improve balance. Moseley also spends time on the court with a resistance band, working on changing directions.
Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Moseley is all but certain to be in the lineup in the fall, according to Rogers, who also has been assisting two other Maryland players, Laurin Mincy and Essence Townsend, as they rehabilitate similar injuries. Mincy, a junior starting guard, and Townsend, a reserve senior center, both are expected back next season.
Because Moseley, Mincy and Townsend were injured within roughly a month of one another, they have been on comparable rehabilitation schedules. Rogers has been challenging all three by installing a competitive element into their rehab sessions, keeping track of which player is able to balance the longest or complete the most leg presses.
Those spirited workouts forged an even sturdier connection between Moseley and Mincy, who are in line to be the starting back court on a team with double the available players from last season and aspirations of a deep run in the NCAA tournament.
“I think anytime you can spend that type of time together, there’s going to be a cohesiveness that comes about, a trust factor,” Frese said. “They’ve kind of watched each other go through the grind of personally coming back off of a second ACL injury for both of them, so I think there’s absolutely the common bond, the thread that will carry over to the court.”
Moseley also shared a kinship from afar with Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, whose recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee has generated hearty debate on sports television programming, sports talk radio and basketball blogs nationwide.
Rose was injured during a playoff game April 29, 2012, and underwent surgery May 12. Although the former league MVP began scrimmaging in February and, according to reports, was cleared to play less than a month later, he never rejoined the lineup despite appearing fit in practice.
“I understood everything he was going through,” Moseley said. “When anyone would ask me, I’d be like, ‘He needs to sit out.’ There’s no point. He’s coming back for playoffs when he could be fully recovered for a whole brand new season next year. So instead of trying to rush yourself back and possibly re-tearing it, why not just recover your whole body and come back next year?”