This season, Taylor Emery won the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association player of the year award for junior and community college, reported Erik Hall for SB Nation. Emery is currently attending Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla., and she first came out publicly as a lesbian in 2015.

Emery is currently attending Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla., and she first came out publicly as a lesbian in 2015.

Emery helped her school achieve its second consecutive NJCAA national title, scoring 11 points, two rebounds, and two assists in the championship game against Trinity Valley. The final score was 87-63.

Emery said, “I hadn’t really experienced winning a championship like that. To be able to know that I worked so hard for it and our team worked so hard for it, it was just an amazing feeling.”

After moving from Tulane’s program to Gulf Coast State, Emery has flourished. Emery averaged 18.1 points per game in the regular season and 22.7 points per game in the postseason, for a total of 159 points in seven games.

“My confidence is back to where it was in high school,” she stated. “If I work for it and if I put in the work, you can’t stop me.”

She is now looking at Division I schools, and has narrowed her options down to Mississippi, Oklahoma State, and Virginia Tech.

Read more on the SB Nation website here.