There must be something about green and gold that appeals to former Crowder Lady ‘Riders basketball standout Camila Lacerda. A 2013 graduate of Crowder, and a key member in the 2013 National Tournament run, Lacerda, donning a green and gold top that resembled the colors of her nation’s flag, inked a letter of intent to play basketball at Missouri Southern State University next season.
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lacerda’s signing on Thursday marked the second time she’s inked a letter of intent since her career ended at Crowder. She signed a year ago with Oklahoma City University, but it didn’t work out and she ended up back at Crowder, helping volunteer with the Lady ‘Riders and practicing with them for part of last season. When the opportunity came around to get back on the floor, and to play locally at MSSU, Lacerda said she couldn’t pass it up.
“I made my decision last week, and I’m so glad that I’m going to be around here,” Lacerda said. “The big thing for me was to be around you guys, because you guys are the best people I’ve ever been around before. I’m so glad that I’m going to be here and (my friends) can come and watch me play.”
Lacerda’s request to hold her signing at Crowder meant a lot to her. She said Crowder College will forever mean a great deal to her and still owns a huge part of her heart.
“It means so much to me and all of you guys mean so much to me,” Lacerda said about the college and everyone she’s associated with in the area. “I’m glad that I’m going to be around next year and finally go to play somewhere.”
An unselfish player that would just as rather give an assist to a teammate as score a basket, Lacerda’s leadership on and off the floor was a big plus to Tina Robbins’ team. On the floor she averaged 10.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.5 assists and two steals per game. She should serve as an asset to Ronda Hubbard’s Lady Lions, who went 19-8 last season and were 13-6 in the MIAA.
“Very excited for Camila. She came back in January and started taking classes and came and helped out with the team and practiced with us every day,” Robbins said. “Because of her maturity and experience, I think she was a good mentor for our young kids. I’m excited that she’s staying close and hopefully we’ll get to see her play when we’re not playing.
“I think she’ll be great for Missouri Southern because I think she’ll help draw some fans to the games, and with her style of play, she makes everybody better around her.”