To be a Fighting Koala

Steubenville Big Red graduate Emiley Masloski, surrounded by sisters Hannah (left) and Briana and parents Kim and Mark, will continue her academic and athletic careers at Columbia College, where she will major in biology and be a member of the basketball program. Masloski signed with the Fighting Koalas after her second campus visit and looks to bring immediate on-court support as a floor leader. “Emiley brings with her an exceptional knowledge and instinct for the game as well as mature, vocal leadership,” said Columbia head coach Maria Chen. “These are two skills necessary not only at the point guard position, but skills we think will most benefit are team moving forward.” The four-year varsity starter and three-year captain finished her career with 1,103 points, doing so with multiple absences due to injuries. She is the sixth player in school history to have reached this milestone. Masloski’s balance of outside and inside scoring as well as her consistent free throw shooting make her a great fit for the Koala’s up-tempo, basket-attacking style of play. After being initially impressed with the campus and basketball program, Masloski says she made the second trip with her family to serve as confirmation that she would be a good fit with the program and provide her parents an opportunity to see the school. “I chose Columbia College because I felt right at home. I loved the campus, coaches, team, and the students. It is the perfect fit for me,” Masloski said. “I’m majoring in biology so I can go to school for physical therapy. I want to help athletes overcome their injuries mentally and physically.”