It’s hard for many local hoops fans to believe, but former Tug Valley start basketball player Elizabeth Evans is in her senior season for the WVU Tech women’s team.
Evans was a 4-year starter for Tug Valley and captain of the Williamson Daily News All-Area team her senior year in high school.
Evans originally signed with Concord College out of high school, but then decided to transfer closer to home and play in Montgomery for the Lady Bears of WVU Tech.
“Coming to Tech was a great decision. I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and have made lifelong friendships with my teammates. It is a better fit for me than Concord was,” Evans said.
So far, even though it is early, Evan’s says her senior season is going well.
“The season is going good. We’re 3-1 right now. We’re battling with a few key players being injured but the freshmen are stepping up so far and we’ve gotten off to a pretty good start,” Evans added.
Evans has been battling some health issues, but now is back on the hardwood. “I had kidney stones the first game and have a bruised tailbone now so I’m limited minutes as of right now, but I’m hoping to be good to go after Thanksgiving break,” the former TVHS Panther said.
Evans, a guard, said her college career has been rewarding. “It’s been a great experience. I’ve struggled with injuries every year, but started the last two years and feel like I’ve contributed to the team each year,” the Mingo County native said.
The main thing for Evans is that she stuck it out, when many local players don’t hang in and finish their college careers. She will be getting her degree, which is the most important aspect of going to college on an athletic scholarship.
“I’m getting a degree in biology. I want to be a biologist at an aquarium after graduation,” she added.
Her family tries to go watch as many games as they can. This past weekend her squad played at the University of Pikeville.
It’s been a long road for Evans and she realized that playing at the collegiate level compared to high school is a big leap. “College is a whole different game than it was in high school. It’s faster, everyone is a good player. It requires more dedication and hard work than high school. It’s a full time job,” Evans stressed.
So far Evans has had a solid college career and she hopes that her final season will be even more rewarding.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)