Junior Chrissy Delawder (Broadway, Va./Broadway) is making a big impact on the basketball court. After a strong week averaging nearly a double double (11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds) she is ranked 4th in the ODAC with a 42.2% shooting percentage from three point range.
“Chrissy does all the little things that don't always show up in the box score but have such a huge impact on our success,” said Head Coach Jenny Logan. “She plays phenomenal help defense and often has to take on the assignment of guarding the other team's tallest player. It was so much fun to watch her hit big shots this week that really drove our two wins.”
Chrissy put in the work over the summer to have a successful season.
“I’ve done crossfit for the past two years now, going into my sophomore year and this year going into my junior year,” she said. “When I did it before my sophomore year I saw that it really helped me and stuff so that’s why I continued to do it for this season.”
While her preparation for preseason was the same as last year, one aspect of this season was new for Chrissy and her teammates: they got a new coach.
“Coach Logan’s been really great,” Chrissy said. “I love how organized she is. She’s always ahead of schedule. She just makes a lot of decisions just as early as she can, that way we have an outlook for the time.”
Chrissy tries to be a positive presence on the court.
“Sometimes the other team will go on runs or something but...both teams are going to go on runs sometime during the game, and you just gotta stay high and keep a positive attitude because anything can happen.”
She sees an upbeat attitude as essential for a team’s success.
“Like the weight can shift either way during a game,” she said, “and how you act in the downs or ups is how a game will probably end.”
Chrissy’s main goal for herself this season is to be a good teammate to the other players.
“If they ever need someone to talk to or something like that [I want to] be a good friend to them.”
Coach Logan has seen this goal in practice for Chrissy.
“Chrissy is one of the most compassionate people I know and I would bet that anyone who has spent time around her would agree,” Coach Logan said. “It's only fitting that she plays basketball with the utmost care for her teammates and helping the team succeed.”
Chrissy has a different objective for the team as a whole.
“Our goal is definitely to win the ODAC Championship,” Chrissy said. “We don’t have very many games left...and we’ve just got to keep on getting better and better every day in practice and keep pushing each other and keep competing. And hopefully it ends with that title.”
And of course, it is only logical that good teammates play good basketball. Hopefully we’ll see a Royals victory at the end of the conference tournament in February.
-- by Elizabeth Nisly, EMU Sports Information Writing Intern