LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — If you would have asked former Lafayette Jeff girls basketball guard Emma Mitchell where she was going to college at the beginning of the summer, she would have told you she's taking a gap year. Now, Mitchell is signed up to play basketball at NAIA Division II Indiana Tech, a program that finished with a conference championship last season.
Mitchell averaged just south of six points and three rebounds per contest with the Bronchos her senior year. During that senior season, she improved by five points per game and three rebounds per game.
Mitchell said it's all about perserverance and attributed her success to Jeff head coach Andy Baker.
"It was really hard for me my freshman year...thank God coach Baker gave me a chance because I don 't know where I would be without him actually believing in me and pushing me hard for the last four years," said Mitchell.
Huge thank you to all my coaches at Jeff for always pushing me to make me a better player and person. Also thank you Coach Biggs for giving me this opportunity to continue my academics and basketball career at Indiana Tech! #gowarriors @INTechWBB pic.twitter.com/zRDco5H0Pj
— Emma Mitchell (@emma_mitchelll) July 1, 2020
The former Broncho will join a Warrior program that finished 30-4 last season. Mitchell said that going to Indiana Tech feels like a homecoming.
"The students, the staff, the coaching staff...they just made it feel a lot like home. I'm really excited to be going there," said Mitchell.