(Editor’s note: University of Providence athletics release)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Following her standout all-American sophomore season, University of Providence guard Emilee Maldonado will have her No. 3 jersey lifted into the rafters of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s (WBHOF) Ring of Honor for display over the next year in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Hall of Fame selects over 100 high school and collegiate female student-athletes throughout the country to have their jerseys displayed in the Hall of Fame’s Ring of Honor each year.
“Not only does the Ring of Honor provide a colorful backdrop to the Hall of Fame’s many archives, but it is also our way of recognizing some young basketball players for their achievements in the sport,” stated the letter from the Hall addressed to head coach Bill Himmelberg.
Maldonado, a 5-foot-5 guard from Sunnyside, Wash., and second-team all-American during the 2018-19 season, joins former Argos Erin Legel, a 2015-16 second-team all-American, and Stephanie McDonagh, a 2017-18 second-team all-American, as the third Argo and only non-senior in program history to receive the honor of having her jersey displayed at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
During Maldonado’s breakout 2018-19 campaign, she helped lead the Argos to an 18-14 overall record, capped with the Argos’ fourth NAIA Tournament berth over the past five years. She started all 32 contests for UP this season, in addition to netting a team-highs 515 points and 163 assists. She finished second in the Frontier Conference in scoring per contest (16.09) and total scoring (515), finishing only behind the 2018-19 NAIA player of the year, Brianna King of Montana Western. Maldonado’s 163 assists ranked 10th in the NAIA, while she was 13th in assists per game with 5.09. She led the Frontier in both categories, as well.
Maldonado also cracked the NAIA’s top 20 this past season in free throw percentage, shooting nearly 83 percent from the line. In addition to being named an NAIA second-team all-American, Maldonado also earned first-team all-Conference and a pair of Frontier Conference player of the week honors during her stellar sophomore season.
Since the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame opened in 1999, the Ring of Honor has become one of the more popular exhibits. Maldonado’s jersey will be on display in the Hall from mid-May 2019 to mid-May 2020.
To learn more about the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, visit their website at www.wbhof.com.