Robinson to return to court for Vikings
June 24, 2009
Bellingham, Wash. - Krystal Robinson, who was an assistant women's basketball coach at Western Washington University last season, has decided to return to the court for the Vikings in 2009-10 and use her last year of eligibility.
The 6-foot-1 forward from Kent (graduate of Kentridge High School), who ranks second among school career leaders in blocked shots with 190, ended what was going to be her senior season in 2007-08 when she suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in an exhibition game against Pacific Lutheran. The previous week, Robinson had been named all-tourney at Disney's Division II West Coast Tip-Off Classic.
So for the second time during her career which began in 2003, Robinson received a medical redshirt from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. She also got one after playing in just two games during the 2005-06 season before being sidelined with a patella stress fracture in her right knee.
"I'm so excited to come back and end my career the way that I wanted it to end," said Robinson. "I'm really looking forward to the upcoming season."
Robinson, who obtained a bachelor's degree in general studies from Western in the spring of 2008, will be taking a program in pre-nursing. The NCAA has granted her a waiver to play while in her sixth year of school.
Robinson received all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honorable mention in 2006-07. She started all 28 games that season, averaging 10.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks, leading the league and ranking fourth nationally in blocked shots.
Krystal Robinson, Forward, 6-1, 23, 1/10/85, Senior, Kent, WA
COLLEGE: Returning for final season after serving as student assistant coach in 2008-09 ... Ranks second among school career leaders with 190 blocked shots (2.4 per game average) ... Received medical redshirt from Great Northwest Athletic Conference after tearing ACL in left knee in exhibition against Pacific Lutheran early in 2007-08 campaign ... Had been named all-tourney at Disney's Division II West Coast Tip-Off Classic the previous week ... Started all 28 games in 2006-07 ... Honorable mention GNAC all-star ... Averaged 10.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and team-leading 2.9 blocks ... Led GNAC and ranked fourth nationally in blocks, having at least one rejection in every game ...Had career highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds vs. Western Oregon on 1/20/07, and tied career high with 7 blocked shots vs. Cal State Stanislaus on 12/8/06 ... All-tournament at WWU Lynda Goodrich Classic ... Received medical redshirt after playing just two games in 2005-06 before being sidelined with patella stress fracture in right knee ... Played in all 29 games in 2004-05, making 15 starts ... Averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds ... Ranked No.14 nationally in blocked shots with 2.5 average ... Blocked career-high 7 shots in three games, including back-to-back contests vs. Alaska Anchorage on 2/3/05 and vs. Alaska Fairbanks on 2/5/05 ... Had at least one rejection in 21 straight games ... Had season highs of 17 points vs. Evergreen on 12/13/04 and 8 rebounds twice vs. Northwest Nazarene on 1/20/05 and Cal State Dominguez Hills on 3/11/15 ... As freshman in 2003-04, played in first 15 games before suffering season-ending ACL tear against Alaska Fairbanks on 1/22/04 ... Averaged 3.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks ... Three letters.
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in Washington State senior all-star game ... Set school career records at Kentridge High School for points (906), rebounds (634), and blocks (278) ... First-team King County Journal all-Area and all-South Puget Sound League North Division choice as senior ... Averaged 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds on 15-9 team that reached district playoffs ... Set school season records for rebounds (225) and blocks (111) ... Had triple-double in district playoff win over Emerald Ridge with 14 points, 12 rebounds and school-record 10 blocks ... Team captain and MVP ... First-team all-league as junior, scoring school record 309 points and setting game marks for rebounds (21) and field goals (14) ... Inspirational award winner ... Second-team all-league as sophomore ... Started and lettered three years ... Also lettered three years in track as triple jumper.
PERSONAL: Received bachelor's degree in general studies and is currently taking program in pre-nursing.
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