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Lindsey Shearer closes out her collegiate basketball career as the Beacons all-time leading scorer

by: COURTESY NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN - Oregon Citys Lindsey Shearer (21) has been a standout for Northwest Christian Universitys womens basketball team over the past three seasons. The 2008 Oregon City High School graduate was recently named to the Cascade Collegiate Conference basketball all-star team for the second year in a row.Oregon City High School graduate Lindsey Shearer recently completed a stellar career playing basketball at Northwest Christian University.

Named to the Red Lion All-Cascade Collegiate Conference first team for the second year in a row, Shearer this year broke her own school record for points (493 in 30 games) and she set new records for field goals, field goals attempted and double-doubles. She had a career-best 123 assists (4.1 apg), the second highest total in school history.

And for the second year in a row, Shearer finished the season as team leader in points, rebounds and assists.

Northwest Christian coach Liz Turner-Bolton commented: “Lindsey’s stat line was again so impressive in many separate categories. However those stats don’t begin to measure her love for the game, her desire to always improve, and her dedication to our team. Her growth as a person and as a player at NCU has been amazing to watch. Her competitive spirit will be missed.”

Shearer led the Cascade Collegiate Conference and was ranked seventh in the NAIA in defensive rebounds (7.1 per game). She ranked third in the conference in scoring (16.4 ppg), fourth in rebounding (9 rpg) and fourth in assists (4.1 apg). She was 20th in the nation in rebounding, 25th in assists and 30th in scoring.

Shearer ended her three-year run with the Beacons as the all-time leader in field goal attempts, free-throws, free-throw attempts, and double-doubles. She ranks second all-time for points, points per game, field goals, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, assists, and steals.

Northwest Christian was 13-17 during the 2012-13 season, including a 6-12 mark in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. NCU tied for sixth place in the CCC and qualified for the conference tournament.

As a junior, Shearer broke school records both for points (424 in 30 games) and for rebounds (280) in a season, while also setting a new standard for field goal attempts (427). She was just three steals shy of a school-record (89) in that category, and she posted the third-most assists in school history (107).

She finished her junior year ranked fifth in the Cascade Collegiate Conference in scoring (14.1 ppg), fourth in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and fifth in assists (3.6 apg). She also led the conference and was seventh in NAIA Division II in steals (2.87).

A 5-10 forward, Shearer averaged 10 points a game her sophomore year at Northwest Christian. Before that she played for Western Oregon University as a red-shirt freshman.

Shearer also earned Cascade Collegiate Conference academic honors both her junior and senior years. A major in business administration, with a focus on management, Shearer boasts a 3.3 GPA.

A 2008 graduate of Oregon City High School and a two-year starter for Oregon City’s varsity girls basketball team, Shearer helped lead the Pioneers to a state runner-up finish in 2008. She was named MVP in Oregon City’s state championship game with Southridge.

Shearer said of her future plans:

“After I graduate, I plan to begin the master’s program here at NCU. I am in the process of applying for the graduate assistant position for the women’s basketball team at NCU as well. My hope is to get my MBA in a year and transition into coaching through the graduate assistant position.

“In the future, I hope to begin coaching my own high school level elite team in the summer of 2014. With a master’s degree, I will be capable of coaching at higher levels. Right now seems like the best opportunity to push through school another year and transition from being a player, to assisting my former team.”