April 5th, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif -- Since its season-closer against Westmont on February 29, The Master’s College women’s basketball team has been hard at work in preparing for the 2012-13 campaign. From coordinating schedules to the rigors of off-season conditioning, the Lady Mustangs are beginning to place themselves on a trajectory for success.
One of the most notable acts of preparation has been the off-season signing of Olivia Thompson, a senior guard from Temecula Valley HIgh School. Thompson brings to the Mustangs an impressive skill set that has been refined over the last 13 years, four of those most recently on the prep and club levels.
The two-year All-Southwestern League guard’s repertoire includes game averages of 12 points, 3.5 assists, and 3 steals. In addition to her stats, Thompson was an All-CIF second-team selection and was nominated captain during her senior year.
Planning to major in Biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine, the Temecula native hopes to have a major impact on the program. Off the basketball court, Thompson anticipates the opportunity to grow stronger in her walk with the Lord and make new friends and experience life on The Master’s College campus, a place that stood out to her among a plethora of schools pursuing her commitment.
In terms of familiarity to The Master’s College, Thompson is no stranger to TMC.
Thompson’s roots run deep with the Mustang Athletic Department. Not only did she visit the campus to partake in a weekend-long clinic, she is also related to former Mustang Andy Thompson of the storied 1992-94 men's basketball teams. In his senior year as a Mustang, Andy averaged 10.2ppg, 3rpg, and 7.3apg.
Olivia couldn’t be happier with her commitment to don the navy blue and gold of the Mustangs, especially in light of the family connections already in place.
"I'm excited to be playing at a school that emphasizes what's important and why,” Thompson stated shortly after inking her commitment to the Mustangs. “I'm eager to play alongside girls who will not only push me physically and spiritually, but who will also help develop my walk with the Lord,”
With 18 years being a part of The Master's College Women's Basketball program, the last five as the head coach, Dan Waldeck is equally thrilled to have Thompson on board. "She (Thompson) has character. We look for a specific type of player and Olivia's a very special person," Waldeck states of the new recruit, "I'm excited to see how she'll grow as a player."
The Mustangs went 12-19 in 2011-12, finishing 5-13 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Losing four seniors to graduation, the Lady Mustangs will be showcasing a younger squad in the coming season. However, Coach Waldeck anticipates that Thompson’s great ballhandling skills, speed, love for the Lord, and character will aid the Mustangs as they continue to compete at the highest level.