June 26, 2013
Santa Clarita, Calif. – The coaching staff of The Master’s College women’s basketball team is pleased to announce the signing of Sydney Emory.
Emory, who is transferring from Humboldt State University, received a medical redshirt status in 2012-13 and will have four years of eligibility to compete for the Mustangs.
The Spokane, Washington, native is expected to aid the Lady Mustangs with her three-point shooting accuracy, ball handling skills, and competitive nature.
In her time at Central Valley High School, Emory set the all-time free throw percentage record at 86.5%, tied the school record for most three-pointers made in a game at seven, made 115 three-pointers, tying her for fourth place in the school’s record books, and led the Bears to a runner-up 4A level finish during her senior year.
Commenting on why she chose The Master’s College, the 5-8 combo guard stated, "The Christian environment that TMC has is really comforting. I really love how the coaching staff cares for the players and makes a visible impact in their lives. I'm super excited to have the opportunity to play high quality basketball while being able to grow in God's Word."
Emory’s goals as a student-athlete are to help the Mustangs win a conference title, make it to the NAIA national tournament in March, and make a strong postseason run. Also, the newest Lady Mustang aims to beat her high school free throw percentage and average three assists per game.
Sixth-year Lady Mustang basketball head coach Dan Waldeck believes those goals are attainable by saying, “Sydney is a great combo guard. With her ability to play make for herself and others, she will be a great versatile player for us. She can really stretch the floor with her shooting ability as well. I’m most thankful for her enthusiasm to grow in her walk with the Lord, as she pours balanced concentration into all areas of her life. I’m excited to see what God does in and through her.”
Off the court, Emory plans to major in Kinesiology & Physical Education in order to prepare for a career of coaching basketball.
TMC finished third in the Golden State Athletic Conference and earned a No. 12 postseason ranking in the NAIA. A 25-5 regular season record qualified the Lady Mustangs for the 33rd annual NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament where they were knocked out in the first round by Carroll College of Montana.
The Lady Mustangs are slated to open their season October 30 in an exhibition game against Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. The squad’s first home appearance, however, will be against Oregon Tech on November 9 in the newly-renovated Bross Gymnasium.
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