Scullion Making Last Run Before Med School

The Ohio State women's basketball team honored four seniors on Senior Day in February as well as one junior. That junior was Amy Scullion, who has chosen to end her career with a year of eligibility remaining to attend med school. This season has been a fitting end for Scullion, who has become a starter in what is her final season.

Amy Scullion grabbed the loose ball and dribbled out the clock at midcourt Feb. 23 to finish both the victory, 71-62 for Ohio State against Northwestern, and her last game in Value City Arena.

There was nothing flashy about the way Scullion, a redshirt junior, handled the moment but there were months of thought that went into that game before 6,670 home fans.

Scullion, a 6-0 guard, could have returned for another season after missing all of her freshman year after tearing her ACL in the preseason.

But the Salem, Ohio, native already has a bachelor's degree in human nutrition and hopes to enter medical school instead of wearing a scarlet and gray uniform for the 2014-15 season.

"It's like saying goodbye to my second family," Scullion said.

The decision weighed on her for a while.

"It's been something I've been thinking about since the beginning of the season," she told BSB. "It's definitely something I talked about a lot with my parents and other people who have played college sports."

Scullion tallied the pros and cons. She has enjoyed this season – by far her best – under first-year coach Kevin McGuff but felt it was time to move forward.

"It was a tough decision because I love this university," she said. "I love to play basketball. I really, really enjoyed playing for Coach McGuff, but I really wanted to focus on the next stage of my life. I have to hang up my shoes to do that.

"I love these guys. I put so much into it. It's hard to say goodbye early, but I want to focus on getting into med school and whatever road that takes me."

Scullion has started applying for medical schools but hasn't decided what field she wants to enter.

"I don't know but I like to work with kids so I'm going to lean toward that I little bit," she said. "But I'm also interested in oncology."

Both of her parents graduated from Ohio State's optometry school, and she's always had an interest in being a doctor. That was amplified when she suffered her injury.

"I think it gave me a greater appreciation for being a patient and what that rehab is like because I never had that injury or a long-term rehab before," Scullion said. "The hardest part about being in rehab is you're alone. You don't get to hang out with your team. You don't get to practice. You spend a lot of time by yourself thinking and working in yourself. It's hard to stay motivated."

Senior teammate Martina Ellerbe said she's been impressed how Scullion has handled her adversity, which also included missing two months as a sophomore due to another leg injury.

"She always stayed positive, and seeing that makes everyone else work harder," Ellerbe said.

Scullion said she didn't allow herself to get down over her freshman injury.

"I don't think it was such a negative year," she said. "I learned a lot about myself that year. I had a lot of time to work on my game alone. Unfortunately I got hurt again the next year."

Scullion, the 2010 Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Salem and an All-Ohio selection in both basketball and volleyball, played 14 games as a sophomore but was sidelined for most of the second half of the season although she came back for the final two games.

She played 25 games last season for then-head coach Jim Foster, averaging 0.6 points and 0.9 rebounds in 7.8 minutes.

It has been a different story this season. Her first career start came in the season opener at West Virginia, and she has started all but one of 32 games.

"Amy plays super hard," McGuff said. "She gives us great leadership. She has a great brain. She has a great knowledge of anything we're trying to do, kind of like a glue player out there."

The lone time she was not in the opening five was at Cincinnati on Dec. 15. She returned to the starting lineup against UT Martin two days later and had the best game of her career, scoring 19 points on 6 for 6 from the field, including five three-pointers, and she made both free throws.

She is averaging 3.3 points and 4.0 rebounds while playing more than 22 minutes a game.

"I really appreciate Coach McGuff for giving me a chance this year," she said.

Yet, with her game on the upswing this season she announced Feb. 18 her decision not to return.

"She's an extremely bright young woman with an amazing future ahead," McGuff said. "She's kind of grappled with that throughout the year. She came in a week, 10 days ago and wanted to talk about it.

"I told her I think it's a great decision. It's not like she's going off to Europe for a year to backpack. She's got something really special ahead of her and an opportunity that very few people get. For her to jump on that and get going is the right decision. Obviously she'll be incredibly successful."

Scullion said she doesn't feel cheated that injuries cost her almost half of her career as a Buckeye.

"I've had some bad luck injury-wise and I didn't play my best basketball ever that I could have, but I definitely wouldn't change the experience I've had and the teammates I've had," she said.

Now her playing days are dwindling.

"It's crazy," she said. "When you come in as a freshman you think, ‘I have so long.' At times during the different seasons you think it's never going to end. The end comes so fast.

"The thing I'll miss the most is playing for these fans. I love Ohio State and being part of this atmosphere and this university."

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