Sophomore Chrissy Delawder (Broadway, Va./Broadway) is turning heads at the start of EMU’s women’s basketball season. She provided the key scores in the Royals’ ODAC win against Lynchburg, tying her career-high 18 points.
Chrissy is averaging 10.9 points this season, up more than four points per game from last year, and she’s just getting started.
“We as a team knew that Lynchburg was a really solid team, and we knew that it was going to be a tough game,” Chrissy said. “The win felt really nice since they are a good team and it is counted as one of our conference wins.”
Chrissy put in the off-season work to be well-prepared for her second season of collegiate basketball.
“This past summer I did Crossfit and tried to get in the gym as much as possible,” Chrissy explained.
Head Coach Kevin Griffin noticed her off-season dedication.
“Chrissy has worked hard in basketball and that started this summer,” he said. “She worked hard on her conditioning and getting stronger and also put in a lot of time in our gym over the summer. I am very proud of her and that her hard work is paying off for her this year.”
With a different roster than last year, Chrissy and her teammates have had to make the necessary adjustments in the role they play on the court.
“Since we had Jonae graduate, all of the posts on our team in general have had to step up and work on our rebounding,” Chrissy said. “We lost some good teammates, but we have had a lot of people on our team step up and make big plays. In practice we have all been working hard and pushing each other to get better.”
Chrissy is an elementary education major, and hopes to teach in the nearby area after she graduates. She keeps herself busy - besides being an education major and a varsity athlete, she is also a CA (community advisor) in Cedarwood.
“Trying to find a balance has definitely been one of the biggest challenges of this year,” she commented. “I know that being a student is the most important and then playing basketball and being a CA I have to treat as equally as possible.”
Chrissy still likes to make time for the important people in her life when she has the chance.
“I love to hang out with my friends and family,” Chrissy said. “Also, I have my cosmetology license, so I will cut my family and close friends’ hair.”
And when she’s not doing that, chances are she’s in the gym.
“Chrissy is a very skilled player but also an extremely intelligent basketball player on both ends of the court,” Coach Griffin said. “She is not only well liked by her teammates but also highly respected for the work she does on a daily basis.”
Chrissy puts in a lot of work, but she gets a lot from her team and her sport in return.
“I first got into basketball because my grandma Dawn wanted me and my sister to get into a sport,” Chrissy reflected. “I keep coming back to the sport because I love it and I really enjoy the relationships and memories I make with the team.”
-- by Elizabeth Nisly, Sports Information Intern