PITTSBURGH — If there is one thing Halle Bovell considers herself, it would be a fighter, though for a year-and-a-half that was put to the test as she faced four surgeries and warnings from doctors that not only could the Duquesne Women’s Basketball guard not play basketball, but she may never run again.
“It clicked that it is not a normal injury by any means,” she said. “There’s a point where it set in and I thought about it. I thought about if this was what I wanted to do, do I want to return?”
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Bovell definitely understood the possibility of never playing again, but there was too much at stake.
For her. For her teammates. For the program.
All of it fueled her. She wanted to be back and she wanted to return and assist her teammates in reaching their goals.
“It’s been everything,” Bovell said of her return to the court. “I’ve missed two full seasons so it was a very long road and a very hard journey. I love basketball, I love Duquesne and I love my teammates, so I just want to go out there and help our team win.”
Duquesne coach Dan Burt has been on record in the past with stating that Bovell’s injury may have been the most catastrophic that he has seen, but now the belief is there that she wants to prove to everyone, herself included that she can still succeed on the court.
Already Bovell is back to her old self in the sense of drawing charges on the defensive end, fearlessly sacrificing her body to give Duquesne momentum.
“It may not be the best thing for her long-term health, so we’re really trying to manage her minutes so that she’ll be able to play,” admitted Burt. “We did that tonight. Halle knows every position from every set and is willing to sacrifice her body. For her to return and play college basketball is literally a miracle. She’s doing it where she’s providing value and is not a charity case.”
While Bovell is known for her defense, she also made Canisius pay during Wednesday’s 69-60 victory over Canisius when she was open for a three-point shot and Libby Bazelak found her.
Bovell took the shot and the result was her first made field goal since Mar. 8, 2019.
“I said ‘wow, maybe I can do this,'” Bovell said.
While Bovell had a light-hearted moment about the shot, teammate Precious Johnson was two feet to her right smiling in approval, also expressing sentiments that what she has seen these past two years has been inspirational.
Burt maintains that Bovell is going to be a key towards Duquesne’s potential success just because of her competitive and driven she is.
Now, four games into her return, Bovell understands that she is fortunate to be back on the court but that the job is far from done.
“I’m old, I’m beat up, but you can’t count me out just yet,” she said. “I still want to show people I’m still here and I’m still around.”