COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following a brilliant 2016-17 season leading Gulf Coast State (FL) to its fifth national title, sophomore guard Taylor Emery was named the 2017 Spalding® NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Year Friday by the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.
Emery led the Commodores in scoring with 19 points per contest and finished the season ranked third nationally in points scored with 683. She also finished third nationally in total field-goals made with 261 and eighth in three-point field-goal shooting – finishing with a clip of 43.2 percent.
Her consistent play helped guide Gulf Coast State to the Region 8 championship – earning league MVP honors in the process – and the top seed in the NJCAA DI Women’s Basketball Championship.
At the national tournament in Lubbock (TX), Emery earned MVP honors after leading all players with 81 points scored. Her best performance on the national stage came in Gulf Coast’s opening round victory over Harford (MD) where she poured in 32 points.
The Tampa, Florida native surpassed 20 or more points in 18 contests for the Commodores this year. Pursued by many top NCAA Division I programs like Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech and Mississippi, Emery has yet to decide where she will continue her collegiate career.
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