Emily Spickler is embarking upon her coaching career this year, but she's far from unfamiliar with this season's Lady Cardinal squad.
As a sharp-shooting guard, Spickler helped guide the Lady Cardinals to 39 victories in two seasons, highlighted by earning a berth in the championship game of the 2008 Southland Conference Tournament.
Spickler spent the majority of her senior season as the leading 3-point shooter in NCAA Division 1 as she ripped in 58 of 118 attempts from beyond the arc for an outstanding .492 percentage. All seven of her field goals in a 68-44 victory over A&M-Corpus Christi came from 3-point range, and she hit five 3-pointers in two other games.
Spickler's career high of 23 points came in a 109-63 win over Paul Quinn College, and she finished her senior season with a 7.1 points-per-game average. Although she played only two seasons for the Lady Cards, she ranks fourth on Lamar's career list of 3-pointers made with 100.
A native of Salina, Kan., Spickler began her college basketball career at Seward County Community College, and she played her sophomore season at Carl Albert State College.
Now that she has put her playing days behind her, Spickler is spending most of her on-court time working with the Lady Cardinal guards on their perimeter shooting techniques. She's also serving as the team's academic coordinator, the community outreach director, travel secretary, summer camp coordinator and the liaison to the Cardinal Club and the athletic department's marketing division.
Spickler earned her bachelor's degree in general studies with emphasis in business, kinesiology and health from Lamar in 2009, and she's currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology.