The KROX Radio Athlete of the Week is University of Minnesota Crookston Golden
Eagle Women’s Basketball player, Emily Gruber, a 5’11 senior forward,
Emily had a great weekend, possibly her best weekend as a Golden Eagle with 36 points and 18 rebounds in a win at Southwest Minnesota State and a loss at the University of Sioux Falls. She made 50 percent of her shots (12-24) and made 11 of her 14 free throws on the weekend. She also added two blocks, two assists and one steal. On the year, she is averaging just shy of 10 points per game, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and 29 minutes per game.
“Emily’s been very versatile ever since she’s been a freshman, she’s able to play multiple positions for us and I like that she’s able to post up inside, while also being able to play outside and shoot the three,” said her head coach Mike Roysland.
Gruber started 27 of 28 games as a junior and averaged 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game on the season.
As a sophomore, Emily started all 28 games on the season and averaged 8.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagles.
As a freshman, she started 23 of 28 games and was named to the All-NSIC Freshman Team. She averaged 9.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.
In high school, Emily played her senior year at Monticello H.S. after transferring from Big Lake H.S. She led her team to the Minnesota Class AAA State Tournament quarterfinals, where they lost to Washburn where she he had 24 points and eight rebounds. Emily scored 1,000 points in her high school career. She played varsity for three seasons and was named the team MVP.
First started playing basketball- Fourth grade, 8 years old
What do you feel is the strongest part of your game – Low post offense
Part of your game that needs work –
Toughest basketball player you’ve ever faced – Miranda Ristau, Northern State
Favorite Gym – Nemzek Fieldhouse, MSU-Moorhead
Do you have a pre-game ritual – Taking a nap before the game
Favorite sport - Likes watching football “Skol Vikings”
Favorite sports team – Ohio State Buckeyes
Favorite athlete – Michael Phelps
Last movie you’ve seen - Pitch Perfect 3
Favorite TV program – Friends
Favorite food – chips and salsa
What music are you listening to – pop, hip-hop, and rap
You’re stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you – Ellen DeGeneres, her dad, and LeBron James
Plans after graduation – Moving back home and using her degree in Communications to work in public relations
Dad – Steve Gruber (Retired, but worked in construction)
Mom- Terri Lemonds (IT for Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant)
Brother – Andrew (25 years old, works for a cement company in the Twin Cities)
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