WMBD/WYZZ-TV - GLASFORD, Ill. - Taylor McClintock feels like she's been through a storm in her life.
"At Mercer, I was sad all the time," said McClintock. "It was hard to puch myself. What was I pushing myself for. I knew I wasn't going to play."
She went from being a high-scoring, All-State player at Illini Bluffs High School to sitting on Mercer University's bench. Not much playing time as a freshman, not much fun.
McClintock averaged just six minutes per game and scored under three points a night. She was a long way away from home in Macon, Georgia and admits to going through depression last season.
"I used to be able to go outside every night and shoot for two hours," said McClintock. Now I have to push myself to go outside. That's what I'm worries about."
But the smile has returned to McClintock's face this summer. She's transferring to Western Illinois University, so she's back in her hometown of Glasford.
"I think it's going to allow me to fall back in love with the game," said McClintock. "I feel at Mercer I was sad being away from my family, my friends, my community. I was down in the dumps the whole time."
The 5-10 shooting guard is certainly glad to be back home but she is concerned about the rust. She didn't play a whole lot at Mercer and now will have to sit out a year, due to NCAA transfer rules.
"God is so good. He knew maybe this is the year I needed to have off, maybe this is the year I shouldn't be stressed as much," McClintock said. "I'll be home at Easter, Christmas and have longer time with my family."
Taylor McClintock is hoping the storm has passed.