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TMC's Megan Lindsley a quick study

Posted: March 16, 2014 10:38 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2014 10:38 p.m.

The Master's College freshman guard Megan Lindsley became a full-time starter late in the season due to teammate injuries. She's excelled ever since.

It was only a routine summer league high school basketball tournament, but Megan Lindsley wasn’t letting up a bit.

She locked in on her opponent with defensive pressure and stole the ball.

Lindsley, then a junior in high school, streaked down the court for a fastbreak layup. She then slapped both hands on the hardwood, clapped and cried out, “Come on. Let’s go!”

All in one moment, The Master’s College women’s basketball head coach Dan Waldeck was sold on Lindsley, now a freshman guard for TMC.

“When I saw that intensity I said, ‘That’s what we need,’” Waldeck says.

Nearly one full season in, Lindsley is shining as one of the best freshman Waldeck has seen in his 19 total years coaching at the school.

And she still hasn’t let up at all with her intensity.

“I’m a competitive person,” she says. “I don’t even like it when someone passes me on the freeway.”

Lindsley has been a big part of TMC’s rise to its current spot at No. 7 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I poll.

On Wednesday, she’ll be in the starting lineup for TMC’s first-round NAIA tournament game against Bethel University of Tennessee at 7:15 a.m. Pacific Time in Frankfort, Ky.

“I’m really excited to be here,” Lindsley says. “This is obviously my first time being on a national stage. I’m really excited to see how each team competes.”

In 32 games this season, Lindsley is the team’s second-leading scorer at an average of 10.4 points per game while shooting at a 48.3 percent clip and 42.6 percent from three-point range.

And she’s putting up those numbers despite only becoming a regular starter for the last third of the season.

“We knew she could score. I don’t know if she’s necessarily exceeding any expectations,” Waldeck said. “I’ve always thought the sky’s the limit for her.”

Lindsley committed to play at TMC the same summer when Waldeck first spotted her, which was prior to her senior year at Prairie High School in Vancouver, Wash.

From that point forward there was no question in Lindsley’s mind that The Master’s College was the right choice.

“I didn’t want to go for the label of just going to a bigger school because a lot of people say the bigger the better,” says Lindsley, who was also recruited by multiple NCAA Division II schools in Washington and Oregon. “In the end I wanted to go where I was going to be happy.”

The coaching staff at TMC knew Lindsley was a strong wing player with excellent shooting abilities and the capability of taking the ball up court.

At the beginning of the season, no starting position was available for Lindsley as TMC came into the year already deep at the wing position with several returning players like senior Zoe Scott, sophomore Nicole Nitake and junior Millie Rivera.

The door opened up for Lindsley when Nitake and Rivera both went down with ankle injuries in back-to-back games in early February.

Up until that point, Lindsey had played an average of 15 minutes and scored eight points per game. Since then, she’s playing close to 35 minutes and scoring nearly 16 a game.

“I didn’t have a reason to be too nervous. ... (My teammates) made it easy to step in and play the game that I’ve been playing since I was little,” Lindsley says of her increased role.

Lindsley plays with the confidence and zeal that continues to build the trust of her teammates and coaches. She doesn’t come off as a wide-eyed freshman.

Then again, freshman is only a label, and she’s not a fan of those.


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