OMAHA, NEBRASKA: Coach Rogers and the women's basketball team are ecstatic to announce the return of 5'6" guard Alyssa Strickland to their roster after she was gone for a year.
Alyssa Strickland, the daughter of Mark and Charolotte Strickland, grew up in Conway, Arkansas, and graduated from Conway High School in 2014. She played basketball at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, during the 2014-2015 season, where she averaged 6.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals and was named Most Improved Player by her teammates. She also received NCCAA Division II All-Midwest Region honorable mention honors and ranked first in the Midwest Region and third in the NCCAA in three-point field goal percentage (.415), and ranked first in the region and fourth in the NCCAA in assists per game, accounting for 106 assists. Strickland played for Grace's women's basketball team during the 2015-2016 season and averaged 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.9 steals per game in 25 games played. The women's basketball team voted her Most Valuable Player her sophomore year, and she achieved Dean's List honors both semesters of her sophomore year. Strickland attended the University of Central Arkansas during the 2016-2017 school year and managed the women's basketball team there. She will be returning to Grace to play for the women's basketball team again this coming season.
"I chose Grace because I want to finish my basketball years off at somewhere strong with a good coach, a good team, and good focus for the future," Strickland says of her decision to return to Grace. She adds, "I feel like Grace will best prepare me for my future goals."
The new head coach of the women's basketball team, Coach Brandon Rogers, says, "Alyssa fits the mold of what we are building here at Grace University. Alyssa is very excited to play the game she loves so much, and further her spiritual journey. Her leadership abilities and skill set will help lead this team to new heights. We are very excited to welcome her to our family next season!"
by Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff