By Sarah Leggett, Duke Sports Information
DURHAM, N.C. – Redshirt freshman guard Mikayla Boykin is set to return to the Duke women’s basketball lineup Sunday versus Marist after sitting out 355 days due to suffering a left knee injury in the Blue Devils’ 101-30 win over Winthrop on Dec. 10, 2017.
“An incredible story of inspiration and courage,” said head coach Joanne P. McCallie. “She’s had to have a few surgeries but still has a smile on her face. I know she’s so excited. We’ll take it as it comes … we aren’t going to force it. There is no question that we are excited to have her back.”
Boykin started the first eight contests of the 2017-18 season and averaged 4.6 points, 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. The 5-9 guard from Clinton, N.C., opened her collegiate career on the road at Grand Canyon with a season-high 12 points and was a preseason ACC Newcomer Watch List selection. Boykin was the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of North Carolina as a senior at Clinton H.S., while averaging 37.4 points, 13.7 rebounds and 6.5 assists, 5.6 steals.
“I’m very excited,” Boykin said. “Even playing in practice with my teammates and developing the chemistry is one of the best feelings in the world. I’m not nervous at all … I’m just excited. I’m trying not to get overly excited because that could be bad in the long run. The goal is to win Sunday and have a great win with the team.”
Boykin worked with head sports performance coach Ashleigh Beaver, athletic trainer Summer McKeehan and physical therapist and assistant athletic trainer Jordan Busse during her road to recovery.
Coming off a 60-53 road win at Wisconsin for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Blue Devils return home for a three-game homestand, welcoming Marist to Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.
Duke will remain on its home court five out of six games during the month of December before opening conference play Thursday, Jan. 3, at NC State.