Lindsey Krisak (Alexandria, Va./Thomas A. Edison) is excelling in her final season of basketball at Eastern Mennonite University.
Last week EMU's point guard averaged 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. In Tuesday’s intense game against Randolph-Macon she earned season high 17 points (on 54% shooting), adding a career high eight rebounds along with four assists.
But her contributions to the team extend beyond the court.
“Lindsey is a pure joy to coach and watch interact with her teammates,” said Head Coach Jenny Logan. “She is very quick to gain the trust of others because she is a consistently hard worker both on and off the court as well as a very loyal person. From day one, it was easy to see Lindsey's leadership skills and desire to not only succeed, but help the program succeed.”
This is Coach Logan’s first season at EMU.
“I knew that was going to be a bit of an adjustment, so I really just wanted to go in with an open mind… ready to learn from a new coach,” said Lindsey.
It was a smooth transition.
“Coach Logan was really open to what we had already established here as a team, as a culture, but was also very enthusiastic about building her own culture around what she believes in,” Lindsey explained. “Kind of trying to be respectful of the culture that we had already built here, but also looking to make progress and grow in that.”
Lindsey spent the summer working out in the gym most mornings before she went to work. However, during her three week cross cultural to Kenya she wasn’t able to continue her training.
“I was a little bit nervous, feeling like I was a little bit behind, but once I got into my daily routine of going to the gym every day I started to see a lot of progress.”
Lindsey admits that her team doesn't have the record this season that she might have hoped for.
“But when I see my teammates every day in practice working hard, and I see the progress we have made from our first scrimmage to how we’re playing now, I would consider it successful,” she said.
And for her, the definition of success goes beyond the basketball court.
“It’s about how have the freshmen grown, how have they matured, how have we built those relationships, how have we gotten to know the coaches more... So in that sense I would absolutely say it’s been successful.”
Lindsey lost her sophomore season to an injury.
“Definitely mentally, physically, spiritually, I feel like I was tested that year,” she said.
She spent more time with the coaches and was able to see the game from a different perspective, understanding more fully all the work that goes into the game of basketball.
“I’d say that year taught me hard work and dedication from a different perspective. On the court, off the court...I feel like even though I wasn’t playing that’s the year I experienced the most growth.”
Lindsey is a biology major. She was just accepted to the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences to study physical therapy.
“I not only got hurt my sophomore year, I got hurt my senior year of high school,” Lindsey said. “I’ve torn both my ACLs. And going through that process kind of opened up my eyes to physical therapy. And I knew I liked biology and the body, but I didn’t realize how much I liked rehabilitation until I was involved in it as a patient.”
She wants to be able to help other people recuperate and be able to return to the activities they love.
“Just you know, someone’s mom, or someone’s dad, or someone’s kid be able to recover and progress and be able to physically do whatever they want, that was inspiring to me.”
Lindsey wants to extend hope to incoming athletes.
“There’s gonna be a lot of obstacles that come your way...but for me, from my experience at least, God has always proven that He comes through, and He’s using you...for a purpose, and just being open to that can help you grow in a lot more ways than you can imagine.”
Lindsey hopes to get the most out of her last season of basketball.
“Whether that be my relationships, or my faith, or the culture that our new coach is trying to establish here, just really allowing my team to pour into me and allowing myself to pour into my team, and leaving whatever I can here.”
“While her influence here at EMU has been and will continue to be profound,” said Coach Logan, “I know this is just one chapter in the lifetime of impact Lindsey will lead."
-- by Elizabeth Nisly, EMU Sports Information Writing Intern