Emily Bernas Reaches Thousand Point Milestone

Emily Bernas plays in a non-conference home game against Spring Arbor University. Bernas contributed 13 points to the Brits' 79-60 victory over the Cougars (Photo courtesy of Abby Sheklow).

On Dec. 29, the women’s basketball team took on the University of Texas in Dallas in a non-conference game. Emily Bernas, a senior guard/forward from Waterford, Mich., scored 13 points,  moving her into tenth place on the all-time scoring list with 961 points in 87 games. 

Less than a week later, Bernas became only the tenth woman in Albion College basketball history to reach the thousand-point milestone during a winning game against Olivet on Jan 11. 

Doreen Carden, the women’s basketball coach, called a timeout during the Olivet game to let the Britons celebrate Bernas’ thousandth point. After the game, she was  presented with her thousand-point basketball.

After Bernas achieved the milestone, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) named her Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan 5-11. 

At 1,008 points, Bernas only has 30 points to go before passing Oreyana Curry, who finished her career in 2017 and ended in ninth place as the women’s basketball 1,000 scorer. 

Bernas is a four-year varsity starter for the Britons and has started in every game this year, spending a total of 432 minutes on the court. Bernas has been a force for the Albion basketball team since she was a freshman, steadily achieving around 11 points per game during her first three years at Albion.

 She has received two all-MIAA second team picks during her freshman and junior years. She also qualified for the MIAA Academic Honor roll three years in a row.

When she isn’t playing basketball, Bernas is involved in other areas on campus. She is a business major and a member of the Gerstacker Institute. She is also a member of specifically Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. 

The basketball team has nine conference games left in the season, giving Bernas the chance to move further up the all-time scoring leaderboard. Thus far, she has helped her team stand at 14-3 overall and 6-2 in the conference with no losses at home. 

Bernas and the rest of the Brits take on St. Mary’s  in a home game on Saturday. 

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