Blue Mountain's Moore and Gerlinger sign with University of Oregon and Western Oregon University
PENDLETON, Ore. – Two Blue Mountain Community College women’s basketball players signed today with four-year colleges to continue playing basketball. Northwest Athletic Conference Baden Player of the Year Mar’Shay Moore, who was recruited by numerous schools from all over the country, has accepted a full-ride scholarship with Division I University of Oregon. Standout sophomore post Riley Gerlinger has signed with Division 2 Western Oregon University.
“I’m just so proud of both of them,” said first year Head Coach Adam Driver. “They’ve put in a lot of hard work, and they put in all the effort to improve their skills. It’s not every day you get a D-1 and a D-2 recruit in the same year, especially out of only four sophomores on the team. It’s just a great thing for the women’s basketball program and great for BMCC.”
Moore, who’s from Vancouver, Wash., was heavily recruited this spring, particularly following her record-breaking turn at the NWAC tournament in March, where she broke the record for total points scored in the tournament (123 points in four games). She said the decision was a tough one, but ultimately chose Oregon because “it’s a really good school.”
“I’m was really stoked to get the call from Oregon,” said Moore, who will study engineering and computer science. “Oregon’s a great school that will help me as an athlete.”
Following last month’s NWAC tournament, Moore was named the East Region Most Valuable Player, as well as the East Region Defensive Player of the Year. She was also named to the 1st Team All-Tournament.
Leaving BMCC will be difficult for Moore, who said she’s received a lot of support from the community.
“I’ll miss my whole BMCC family and everyone who’s helped me along the way,” she said. “You don’t find that kind of support just anywhere, and I couldn’t have been as successful without it.”
Gerlinger, from Forest Grove, said she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her college basketball career at WOU. She credits her time as a Lady Timberwolf to her success.
“I’ve grown so much as a player these past two years at BMCC,” Gerlinger said. “Not just as a player, but as a person. This team has been like family to me.”
Gerlinger showed off her impressive skills at the NWAC tournament, finishing in the top 20 scoring leaders. She was named an East Region 2nd Team All-Star as well.