Women’s Basketball Team Launches Inaugural Season This Saturday at Prescott Campus

The first female basketball team in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus history will make their debut at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Activity Center again Multnomah University of Portland, Ore.

Led by Head Coach Becky Burke, this program marks not only a landmark for athletics at the campus and university, but for the Northern Arizona community it calls home. Thirteen of the team’s scheduled match-ups competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and as part of the California Pacific Athletic Conference (Cal Pac) will be home games.

“We have been working extremely hard over the past few weeks of practice in preparation for our inaugural game. Our players are very excited for the opportunity in front of them, and to be take part in the very first women's basketball game in Embry-Riddle history,” said Coach Burke. “I am pleased with how our team has progressed, and will be eager to see what this season has in store for us. We hope that the community and the University will come out to the game on Saturday to support us and take advantage of a great afternoon on campus.”

The Eagles team consists of junior Kylee Reibel and 10 freshmen – Haley Villegas, Jordenn Reibel, Amber Rollins, Katana Martina, Allese Williams, Melissa Pfeifer, Jazlyn Maletino, Danae Ruiz, Karly Dinkel and Jenna Knudson.

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