Purchase tickets to the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet Recently, LFSN reporter Nick Pierce had a chance to catch up with 2019 Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Sharon [Wilkerson] Emory, a former standout on Liberty's women's basketball team.
The five-member class, the 11th to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, will be honored during special ceremonies surrounding Liberty's football matchup with Buffalo on Sept. 14 at Williams Stadium.
The five-member class includes Renard Brown (baseball), Johnnie Engelhardt (men's cross country/track & field), Steve Isaacs (men's basketball), Mickey Paige (football) and Sharon [Wilkerson] Emory (women's basketball).
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Sept. 13 on the Club Pavilion level of the Carter Tower. Additionally, the five-member class will receive special recognition during the Buffalo contest the evening following the ceremony.
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame celebrates the best of the best, honoring those who helped shape the face of Liberty Athletics. The Hall of Fame's now 57 members have each played a key role in helping Liberty grow from an NCCAA program in 1972 to its current status as a thriving NCAA Division I program.
Sharon [Wilkerson] Emory Women's Basketball: 1997-2000
Sharon [Wilkerson] Emory is the second member of a key three-player group to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, helping establish women's basketball as one of the most dominant programs in school history.
Emory, along with her twin sister Sarah [Wilkerson] Erps and 2009 Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Elena [Kisseleva] Bengds, helped turn a fledgling women's basketball program that was 5-22 prior to their arrival into a team that won four straight Big South titles during her career and made the first four of the program's 17 trips to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
The native of Princeton, W.Va., ranks fifth in program history, having scored 1,733 career points, and is the program's all-time leader with 304 career steals. She also ranks second in career three-point field goals (172), three-point field goal percentage (36.3) and minutes played (3,712) and fourth in free throws (361) and free throw shooting percentage (77.3).
Emory was a four-time All-Big South first-team honoree and was named to the Big South All-Tournament team three times. During her senior year, she was honored as the 2000 Big South Player of the Year after she averaged 13.9 points per game and shot 47.6 percent from the field (159-of-334) and 38.5 percent from three-point range (37-of-96).