July 1, 2014
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- It will take more than one person to help fill the shoes of graduated, first-team All-American Jacquelyn Marshall. Women's basketball coach Dan Waldeck thinks he's found one of those cogs with the signing of Chayan Lowery.
Lowery figures to compete for playing time with returnees Kelly Burns and Bianca Cubello, joining a frontcourt rotation that could be one of the best in the GSAC.
Prompted for why she chose TMC, Lowery said, "I chose The Master's because of its religious aspect. I love that I can get my degree, play the sport I love, and learn more about God every day."
The 6-2 power forward, who lives in Spring Valley, California, enjoyed four productive varsity years at Christian High School in El Cajon where she thrived under her father-coach Thomas Lowery. She capped off her time at the prep level this past year when she averaged an eye-popping 19.6ppg, 12.6rpg, and 7.8bpg on the way to first-team All-Central League accolades for the fourth year in a row. She wound up leading the league in rebounds and blocks during each of her final three years and was named the league's player of the year for 2012-13.
Off the court and in the classroom, Lowery plans to major in Business Administration with her sights on a career in hair styling.
Commenting on Lowery's signing, Waldeck said, "We needed to add length and athleticism in the paint, and we've definitely done that with Chay. As she adjusts to the physicality and speed of the college game, I believe she has the tools to be a fantastic weapon for us. Her ability to score at the rim and all the way to the three-point line will only expand our team's versatility. She'll make immediate contributions to the game on the defensive end with her shot-blocking and length."
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.
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