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UAA Student-Athlete Feature: Lindsey Tse, Emory University Women's Basketball Student-Athlete Lindsey Tse Brings Energy On and Off the Court

Rising junior Lindsey Tse has learned to balance basketball, academics, and community service work at Emory University. “I’m able to play basketball at a very competitive level,” she remarked. “However, I don’t feel defined by just that. Emory has allowed me to explore a lot of my different passions.”

Although she has only been on campus two years, Tse has been part of the Student Programming Council, an orientation leader, a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, and an intern with the Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House

“My time management skills have come a long way since high school,” Tse laughed.“

“She won’t do something if she can’t give 100 percent. She won’t be a part of something if she only has time to attend one meeting,” said Emory University head women’s basketball coach Misha Jackson. “She is so passionate about everything she does and finds a way to balance it all.”

Lindsey and the Emory Student Programming Council

Tse began playing basketball in the first grade. “My older sister had been playing for a couple of years so naturally, I wanted to be just like her,” she recalled. “The first team I joined was a community team I ended up playing on from the first grade all the way through my senior year of high school.” She played as much as she could, including recreation and Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) teams, and eventually the Harvard-Westlake high school team.

Lindsey with her siblings, who she says have been great supporters at her games

Continuing to play in college was on Tse’s radar early on. “I always knew I wanted to play college basketball,” she said. “I love being on a team and knowing you are part of something bigger than just yourself,” she remarked. “Because basketball has always been such a big part of my life, I never really considered life without it.”

“I chose Emory because not only are the academics incredible without a doubt, but there is an athletic culture that is truly unique,” Tse added. “Growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles, I was also drawn to Emory because of its proximity to Atlanta. Being near a big city definitely enticed me as I could not wait to explore a new place.”

Lindsey with her father

She credits her family for her love of the game and for their endless support. “I have been fortunate to play basketball for 14 years and go to a great university like Emory, but it would not have been possible without them,” she commented. “My mom is the wisest person I know and I am consistently amazed by how she always seems to be right. My dad is my number one fan and despite working an hour away, he managed to beat L.A. traffic and make it to all my basketball games, record them, and support me through it.”

Lindsey with her mother

Being near Atlanta gave her the opportunity to continue her dedication to others, which began by volunteering to coach clinics at the San Fernando Japanese American Community Center in high school. “Whether it was coaching at the community center, serving food at shelters in downtown Los Angeles, or making dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta, they are all great and fun volunteer opportunities,” she stated. “I can be a part of it not only by myself, but also with my friends, teammates and coaches. It is great to give back and I believe helping others shouldn’t be seen as a chore, but as a requisite.”

Lindsey with several girls she coached at summer camp

After a successful first season in which the point guard averaged 4.3 assists per game, Tse set an Emory single-season record with 155 assists, averaging 6.2 per game in her sophomore campaign. She led the UAA in assists overall and in Association play, and ranked sixth in all of NCAA Division III in assists and eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio. “She had no idea she broke the assist record,” Jackson relayed. “She doesn’t look at statistics and didn’t even believe us at first when we told her. She is just so unselfish. It gives her pure joy to make others score and benefit the team.”

One of the things Tse enjoyed most about her second season was playing for Jackson, who was the interim coach before being officially named head coach on March 13th. “She has been in our shoes, which allows her to understand what we are going through, both as a student and an athlete at Emory,” Tse said. “Not only does she care about our team’s success on the court, but she is equally invested in our success off the court, academically and emotionally, which I think is really special.”

The 2017-18 Emory Women's Basketball team at the airport on a UAA trip

As a player, Jackson was on the 2012-13 team that won the UAA title and qualified for the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship. “That gives her a unique perspective coaching-wise,” Tse remarked. “She knows what it takes to win and I’m very excited she was promoted to head coach as it was well deserved.”

“Lindsey has a ton of energy. When she’s not at practice or is late coming from class, it is very obvious that she is not there,” Jackson commented. “She gives me energy. She has a great balance of loving the team atmosphere and being competitive.”

Lindsey, with the Atlanta Falcons' mascot, getting caked at an Atlanta Dream game

“I have loved my first two years at Emory. The student-athletes are some of the hardest working, driven, and talented people I have ever met,” Tse stated. “I feel supported by other athletes, students, staff, and professors. However, my absolute favorite thing about being a student-athlete at Emory is my team. Whether it’s completing a really hard workout, going to Midtown Music, or just watching a movie, I have formed such incredible friendships and I know that all of my teammates have my back.”

Playing in the UAA is another aspect of being a student-athlete that Tse relishes. “It is the best Division III conference. Not only do we get to fly everywhere and travel to so many cool places, we get to compete at a high level in every game we play,” she said. “In women’s basketball, the UAA teams have dinner with each other after every Friday night game. It’s great to talk to some of the other players and learn about their school and their lives.”

Lindsey and the remainder of the rising junior class of Emory women's basketball

“Lindsey’s growth over two years has been phenomenal,” Jackson stated. “She is the perfect ambassador for Emory and for the UAA."

Tse will start her junior year at Emory’s prestigious Goizueta Business School pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. Although she is not certain of her career path, she is looking to work in the sports business industry, so obtaining an internship with the Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) was a welcomed opportunity. “Misha always talks about how playing for Emory is much bigger than basketball, that we get to do what we love and make connections that will stay with us well beyond our four years in college,” Tse said. “The internship was a great example of that. Even though I never played with (2007 Emory graduate) Sprague (Paynter), she helped me get the position and we are still connected.”

Lindsey on the scoreboard screen at Atlanta Dream game

Interning with the Dream was actually a dream come true for Tse. “I finally get to see what happens behind the scenes as I am specifically working with the games operations department,” she said. “Our main objective is to give fans an experience they will never forget. My internship allows me to use the values that are most important to me – positivity, energy, and fun. One of my jobs is to help create the flow of the game, deciding what happens during pre-game, timeouts, and halftime. Whether it is videos playing on the jumbotron, fan contests, corporate sponsorship public announcements, or crowd prompts, we are trying to figure out the best ways to build momentum for the team and crowd like one big logic puzzle. Choosing random fans for on-court contests and making their day is a great feeling.”

“To me, sports are a haven,” Tse concluded. “They have the unique opportunity to unite thousands of people all over the world.”

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