July 2, 2014

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Lady Mustang basketball coach Dan Waldeck bolstered his guard play for the 2014-15 campaign with the recent signing of Cassie Shillam.

Shillam, a Spokane, Washington, native will get the opportunity to learn from and play in a very talented Mustang backcourt in her first collegiate season.

1shadle tight d.jpgAsked why she chose The Master's, Shillam said, "The college is a place where you are able to flourish in your own personal relationship with the Lord, find memorable relationships and mentors with peers and teachers, receive a great education, and, in my case, be part of an incredible basketball family.  I cannot wait to experience each of these things as they were so obvious to me as I stepped foot on the campus for the first time.

Looking around, I could see the love and enthusiasm for God in every part of The Master's and it is very exciting to know that throughout my next four years I will be able to grow as a person in such an amazing environment."

Shillam played her prep ball at University High School where she averaged team-highs of 17ppg, 9rpg, 4apg, and 3 spg in her senior year.

The 5-9 guard has set some team-oriented goals during her initial college campaign, saying, "I'll strive to become the best and most inspirational athlete that I can be.  My goals are to strive as a member of a great basketball team and as a representative of God's love on the court.  I hope to inspire others, lead by example, and push myself to become a hard-working and great player."

Waldeck sees his new recruit as a "tough warrior who competes on every possession.  Cassie is healthy after battling through some injuries in high school.  With an outstanding basketball IQ, she can play any of our guard positions.  I love the way she attacks the basket,demonstrating an aggressive style of play that sets  her apart.  She never backs down from a challenge and I'm confident that she will reach her full potential."

The Lady Mustangs will open their season against Westminster College at the Westminster Kickoff Classic on Friday, November 7. The squad’s home opener, however, will be on November 15 against Lewis-Clark State.

At the end of the 2013-14 season, the Lady Mustangs went 24-9 overall and 10-4 in conference play. TMC finished its season ranked 14th in the national polls, while sitting in second place in the conference standings.

To view a complete list of commitments to The Master’s College Athletic Department for the 2014-15 academic year, click here.