“Unfinished Business” defines Eilert and team
STERLING – “Unfinished Business" – the theme for the 2020- 2021 Sterling College Women’s basketball team, has motivated them to their undefeated 16-0 record going into the Christmas break. “Unfinished Business” also has a significant meaning for Senior Forward, Brenna Eilert, as she plays in the final season of her basketball career.
Last season the Lady Warriors finished 25-8, second in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. They earned a spot in the NAIA DII National Tournament in Sioux City Iowa and were looking to make a deep run in the tournament. Sadly, due to COVID-19, their season ended without playing a single game in the national tournament. The Lady Warriors were sent home disappointed and discouraged, but fiercely motivated to prove their season ended with “unfinished business” to be taken care of in 2020-2021.
Brenna Eilert was a 4-year starter on the basketball court for the St. John’s-Tipton Lady Blujays. She helped lead them to a State Basketball Championship title in 2015. She was later named the Class 1A DII Player of the Year and MVP of the 1A DII State Tournament along with 1st team All-State and All League honors. Eilert would continue to make her name known on the court as she strived to fulfill her dreams of playing collegiate basketball. However, in the first quarter of the 2017 NPL Tournament, Eilert would face a season ending injury by tearing her left ACL. “At the time, I was devasted to end my senior year of basketball with an injury, but I knew it was going to make me stronger and more motivated to play collegiate basketball,” said Eilert. She finished her high school basketball career averaging 16 points per game and 7 rebounds per game and signed to play basketball with Sterling College in the spring of 2017.
After going through eight months of ACL rehabilitation, Eilert was excited and ready to play basketball at the collegiate level, but in her first varsity game in the Fall of 2017 as a Sterling Lady Warrior, Eilert would tear her left ACL again.
“I never imagined losing the game I loved to play to another ACL injury, but I knew I wanted to keep playing," Eilert said. "I knew it would not be easy, but I was motivated and knew what it was going take to get back on the court.”
After two major ACL knee surgeries, many months of rehabilitation, and countless hours in the gym, Eilert is excited to be a valuable contributor to the Lady Warriors Team. She has stepped into the starting forward position and is currently averaging 9 points per game, shooting 56 percent from the field, 4 rebounds per game, and is 81 percent from the free-throw line.
As a team, the Lady Warriors are currently 16-0 on the season and leading the KCAC with a 12-0 record. They are currently ranked #18 in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. In this current season, the team has the best record in the entire country at 16-0. The Warriors earned key wins in the preseason defeating Northwestern College of the GPAC Conference and #8 ranked Dordt University in the Northwestern College Classic in Orange City, Iowa. The Lady Warriors have continued this winning trend as they remain undefeated in conference. Currently, Sterling College Women’s Basketball team Ranks 1 in the NAIA DI in Total Assists (234), Ranks 1 in Total Scoring Offense (1277), Ranks 1 in Total Rebounding Offense (615), and Ranks 2 in Field Goal Percentage (0.511).
Both the Lady Warriors and Brenna look to continue their “Unfinished Business” as they play the second half of their season.
Eilert says, “The game of basketball has blessed me in so many ways. I have learned valuable life lessons through my own successes and injuries, while growing my love for the game. I look forward to playing the remainder of my final basketball season and “finishing business” on the court as a Lady Warrior.”
Brenna will graduate in May with a degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing, Management, and Real Estate. She has accepted a full-time marketing position with Ag Partners Cooperative Inc. in Seneca, Kansas.