With group play concluded at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships, Lindsay Stergio finds herself leading her team in scoring. In three games, she has scored 50 total points, 6 more than Nukeitra Hayes who is second on the team.
The 25-year-old has been a key part of the USA women’s national team for a few years. She was with them when they won gold at the 2013 Deaflympic Games in Sofia.
As a collegiate player, the 6 foot tall Stergio was a bit of a journeyman. She started off at Southern Connecticut State University, playing for the team during the 2008-09 season. She then transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University, playing for the team in the 2009-10 season. She stayed at the university during the 2010 and 2011 academic years but was not a member of the basketball team. Stergio had some issues integrating with the team because of her deafness. She transferred to Gallaudet University in 2012, where she joined and captained their women’s basketball team for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Design. In her first year at Gallaudet , she averaged 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals. She was named to the All NEAC First Team in her senior year, where she averaged 18.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. While at Gallaudet, she was also named to the at the Division III USA All-Star team and competed at a tournament in Brazil.
In her final year of university, Stergio became more involved with basketball behind the scenes. She worked at the National Girls Basketball Camp in Fredrick, Maryland starting in 2013. In November of last year, she became the head coach of the girl’s team Maryland School for the Deaf and finished her role there in February of this year. Since September of last year, she has worked as a Student Athletic Trainer at Gallaudet.
Stergio graduated from Montville High School in 2008, where she played high school ball with a number of other great female basketball players including Heather Buck, Nikkia Smith and Caitlin Quinn who all went on to play university ball.
Team USA statistics after 3 games of group play.
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