A buzzer sounded on an era in EMU women’s basketball when the team bowed out of the NCAA tournament with a loss to Christopher Newport. The loss ended the Royal’s third straight season with more than 30 wins.
This was the final season for three players who had been with EMU during the last three years. Bianca Ygarza, Keyla Baltimore and Steph Reinheimer have played their last game as Royals. All three players were integral parts of the team, contributing throughout the season as starters.
Baltimore’s solid contributions this year were rewarded when she earned second team all ODAC honors. Baltimore has played point guard for the Royals in each of the last three years and turned in another solid season, notching an ODAC leading 110 assists and averaged 8.4 points per game.
Ygarza averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on the way to making first team all ODAC and was a selection for the D3hoops.com third team. Ygarza led the Royals in scoring with 14 points per game, rebounding with 6.2 points, and was second on the team with 61 assists on the season. In addition, she is the sixth leading all time scorer at EMU with 1,215 career points.
The Royals retain a talented set of players and ODAC coach of the year Kevin Griffin, but without Ygarza, Reinheimer and Baltimore, next year’s team will be challenged to match this year’s achievements.
-David Yoder, Co-Editor In Chief
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