Gerdes is the 17th player in Wartburg women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points in their career.

Emma Gerdes ’20 reached a career milestone in her basketball career after the guard scored her 1,000th career point on Wednesday, Feb. 12, against Buena Vista University. In a 95-59 win over the Beavers, Gerdes added another achievement to her illustrious career as a Wartburg Knight.

“It’s really cool, I didn’t do it in high school so it was kind of special to get it in college,” Gerdes said. “I was kind of anxious about getting it because I knew I was close, finally reaching it was pretty cool and almost like a relief a little bit.”

Gerdes has received numerous individual achievements as a Knight. Over the years, she has collected numerous conference player of the week awards, an American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) MVP last season, and was voted an honorable mention all-American in 2019 by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

“It definitely helps when you have a ton of good teammates around. When anyone can score, they can’t zone in on just trying to defend one person, they have to defend all five, so I think that opens it up a lot for scoring,” Gerdes said.

“It’s cool that any given night it could be I have five points or I have 15, I think that makes it hard to guard.” On the same Wednesday evening, Gerdes made room in the spotlight for coach Bob Amsberry. The win against Buena Vista was Amsberry’s 400th career win. Amsberry has been at the helm of the program for 14 seasons now.

“It’s something that I think we’ll both remember forever, and to be able to do it on the same night was special,” Gerdes said. “I look up to him so much because he’s a really special coach.”

Coach Amsberry and Gerdes have been together for Amsberry’s 300th win and 400th win. The senior class accumulating wins is not new though. With games remaining on the schedule, they hold a record of 103-11.

“I told the team that I remember my first win, but I don’t remember 100, 200 or 300. However, I’ll always remember this one because this team is really special,” Amsberry said in an article done by the Wartburg Athletics program.

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