Athlete of the Issue: Stephanie Golden

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A dominating force in the paint, Stephanie Golden ‘10 has led the women’s basketball team to an NCS birth for three straight years. As the starting center for the lady Mats and a top recruit in the 2010 class, Golden knows what is needed to have a winning team. With two NCS titles under her belt, Golden hopes to bring home another title in her final year.

“Don’t expect anything less than a league title, and a NCS title is ours too,” said Golden.

Early in her athletic career, Golden played many sports, but then decided to concentrate on basketball.  Golden began her domination on the court in the fourth grade with the St. Bonaventure Christian Youth Organization team. She saw immediate success helping her team win the Oakland Diocese.

“That was gangsta. CYO was so much fun and I liked the snacks after,” said Golden.

Skip forward a couple of years and Golden has won a few more championships and is competing for yet another.

As a sophomore, Golden started for the Mats and contributed to their NCS title. Her impact on the season earned her second team All-League honors.  Throughout the season she was mentored by Katie Batlin ‘08, who is considered to be one of the top players to come out of the Miramonte program in recent years.
In her junior year Golden was elected captain and led her team to the second round of NCS. As a premier player in the league, she averaged a double-double with 16 points, ten rebounds and was named first team All-League honors. Despite a change in the coaching staff and the team schemes, Golden proved to be a constant throughout the season and was the go to player in big games. This year Golden returns as a team veteran and is looked upon to lead the Lady Mats back to an NCS title all while preparing for a college basketball career.

Last summer, Golden played numerous exposure tournaments on the AAU circuit with her team, Nor Cal Elite, which is based out of Sacramento. Making the long commute on weekends, Golden displayed a high level of commitment.

Her hard work has paid off; recently Golden signed with Gonzaga University. In addition to Gonzaga, Golden held offers from University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Oregon State University, University of Washington, University of California Santa Barbra.

Golden, will probably play significant minutes next year as Gonzaga is lacking in post players. After her career at Gonzaga, Golden hopes to play overseas professionally with Greece, “because my roots are with Greece,” exclaimed Golden.