Dalyce Emmerson – Athlete
Dalyce Emmerson is one of the most prolific basketball players Prince Albert has produced. She was a multi-sport athlete who excelled in soccer, volleyball and basketball.
She was a member of the Prince Albert Celtic Provincial Champion teams in 2005 and 2006 and competed at soccer club nationals both years. Emmerson also represented Saskatchewan as a member of provincial volleyball teams from 2007 until 2010 and competed at national and international competitions each of those years. This versatile athlete was recruited for volleyball by multiple Canadian and American universities, but ultimately chose to play basketball at the University of Saskatchewan.
After competing for Prince Albert Collegiate when she was in grade 9, Emmerson moved to Carlton and played on the Senior Girls’ Basketball and Volleyball teams from 2008-11. Each year the Crusaders competed at SHSAA provincials in volleyball, winning silver in 2010. The Crusader basketball team also attended Hoopla in each of her years winning bronze in 2009 and gold in 2010. She was the Carlton Junior Athlete of the Year in 2009, a co-winner of the Senior Athlete of the Year in 2010 and the Senior Athlete of the Year in 2011.
Under the coaching of Lisa Thomadis at the University of Saskatchewan, Emmerson would become one of the most dominant players in Huskies history. She would end her career in the top ten all-time in the Canada West Basketball conference in points scored, rebounds, rebounds per game, blocked shots and blocked shots per game. She set the Canada West record for most blocked shots per game in a season in 2013-14 and holds the conference single game record for most blocked shots in a game.
Emmerson was recognized throughout her career with several Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Canada West and University of Saskatchewan awards. She was a Rookie All-Canadian, the Canada West Rookie of the Year and the U of S Rookie of the Year (for all sports) in 2011-12. She earned the Defensive and Most Outstanding Player Award for Canada West and was a CIS All-Canadian and Defensive All-Canadian in 2013-14. In 2013-14 she was also recognized as the University of Saskatchewan Female Athlete of the Year. She was a First or Second Team Canada West All-Star in each of her five years. During her career she had 43 games scoring double digit points and double digit rebounds, 3rd all-time in Canada West history.
The final year of Dalyce Emmerson’s career, 2015-16, ended with the Huskies winning the elusive Bronze Baby trophy as National Champions. At the Nationals in Fredericton, Emmerson was named a tournament All-Star and the Most Valuable Player. She finished her distinguished career named as the University of Saskatchewan’s All-Around Female Athlete of the Year in 2015-16.
In 2013 Emmerson wore the Red and White of Team Canada as a member of the National Developmental Team at the Universiade Games in Kazan, Russia.
After graduating from the U of S with her Kinesiology degree and from Saskatchewan Polytechnic as a dental hygienist, Emmerson returned to Prince Albert. She immediately started giving back as an assistant coach with the Carlton basketball team and with the Prince Albert Optimist Toppers Volleyball Club.