April 17, 2013
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Section II MVP Emia Willingham will play collegiately at Siena College. The Albany High product signed her National Letter of Intent Wednesday and joins Halee Adams, Megan Donohue and Brianna Logan to comprise head coach Ali Jaques' first recruiting class.
"I am very excited that Emia has decided to join our program," said Jaques. "She has proven to be one of the top guards in our area again this season and her athleticism and ability to score will have an immediate impact on our team. She is also a tremendous student and young woman off the court and the Siena Community will enjoy watching her toughness and work ethic displayed every time she steps on the court."
An explosive 5'8" combo guard from Albany, Willingham was named the Section II Class AA MVP, Big 10 Player of the Year and Times Union Large School Player of the Year this season. She led the Lady Falcons to a 20-2 record and the school's first Section II Championship in 15 years and a berth in the state quarterfinals.
One of five finalists for the Miss New York Basketball Award, Willingham finished her high school career last month as the third-leading scorer in Albany High history with 1,441 points. The No. 1 selection for NewsChannel 13's All-Stars, Willingham averaged 19.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.2 steals and 2.1 assists per game.
A varsity player since eighth grade, Willingham led the Lady Falcons to three consecutive Big 10 Titles and was named her team's MVP each of those years. Willingham, who played AAU basketball for the Albany City Rocks, was also recently named a New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports (NYSSCOGS) Class AA Fourth Team selection.
Willingham joins a Siena Women's Basketball program which went 13-18 in its first season under Jaques' leadership and advanced to the MAAC Semifinals for the third consecutive year.