"Collier had hoped to return from maternity leave at some point this season to play alongside teammate and friend Sylvia Fowles in her final year before retirement, but she wanted to weigh her options and not rush into a decision. After thinking it over, she knew her body was ready and it was just nerves holding her back. So she called Reeve back two minutes later with her answer.
“I want to play.”
The 2019 WNBA Rookie of the Year was inserted into the starting lineup in what was a crucial victory for the Lynx — they are now one game back of a playoff spot with three regular-season contests left. Collier finished with six points (on 2 of 7 shooting), two rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 21 minutes, about double the time she expected.
“I was surprised when she kept putting me back in, but I wasn’t going to say anything,” Collier said. “So it felt really good. I felt a little winded, as to be expected, until the very end when I was really feeling it, but I thought that, you know, not back to where I want to be, but it was a good first game.”