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LGBT college sports roundup: Freshman guard already making waves for Tulane basketball

Taylor Emery came out in high school and is now contributing as a freshman for Tulane basketball. Diver Tanner Wilfong takes third in synchronized platform at Winter Championships.

Taylor Emery is already making waves with Tulane basketball.
Taylor Emery is already making waves with Tulane basketball.
Tulane Athletics

Down by one in the final minutes at Oxford, Miss., the Tulane women's basketball team felt comfortable with the ball in the hands of freshman Taylor Emery.

Emery found a way to give the Green Wave the lead with an assist to teammate Kolby Morgan for a layup with 2:48 to play. Emery helped Tulane close the 61-59 win at Mississippi with two steals and an offensive rebound in the final 2 1/2 minutes.

"We did a nice job in that fourth quarter with playing really good defense and getting rebounds and being able to convert on the other end," Tulane women's basketball head coach Lisa Stockton said about the Dec. 16 Ole Miss game in a press release. "That was just a toughness game. This was a game our players played really tough toward the end."

With beating LSU earlier this season, the Green Wave improved to 2-0 against Southeastern Conference teams, and it started a 5-1 stretch over the last three weeks.

Emery, who is openly gay, played well throughout the six-game stretch, averaging 6.7 points per game. Her biggest scoring night was 12 points Dec. 20 in a win against North Carolina-Greensboro that sent the Green Wave to the title game of the Tulane Classic, which Tulane won a night later against St. Louis.

The 5-foot-10 guard continued her strong play Sunday at Memphis with a career-high seven rebounds to go with 10 points, but Tulane (10-4 overall, 1-1 AAC) lost 83-69 to end a seven-game win streak.

For the season, Emery, who was named American Athletic Conference women's basketball freshman of the week Nov. 23, is Tulane's fifth-leading scorer (7.6 points per game) and third on the team in steals (13 in 14 games).

Names in bold are people that have announced publicly they identify as LGBT.

Division I

Andrew Goodman (redshirt senior, Colorado State men's track and field) said he has decided to not compete for Colorado State this upcoming semester during his final season of track and field eligibility and instead focus on applying to medical schools. Goodman completed his cross country eligibility in 2014 and completed his bachelor's degree in May 2015.

Derrick Gordon (redshirt senior, Seton Hall men's basketball) scored at least seven points a game as the Pirates (12-2 overall, 2-0 Big East) went 4-0 the last three weeks. His biggest output was 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists Saturday in a 78-74 win against DePaul, a game that included a Gordon three-point play with 2:31 remaining that put Seton Hall ahead by four points.

Bree Horrocks (sophomore, Purdue women's basketball) contributed to her team beating Maine, Michigan, and Illinois the past three weeks to extend the Boilermakers' (11-2 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) winning streak to six games. Horrocks tied her career high with four rebounds against Maine on Dec. 21, and she played a career-high 23 minutes Dec. 31 at Michigan with eight points and two blocked shots.

Tanner Wilfong (redshirt junior, Miami men's diving) competed at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Indianapolis from Dec. 16-20. He and Zachary Cooper took third place in the men's synchronized platform competition with 709.32 points, and he finished ninth individually in men's platform with 1,035.2 points.

After a loss at Michigan on Dec. 23, Bryant men's basketball assistant coach Chris Burns saw the Bulldogs (4-10 overall) beat Dartmouth and Central Connecticut.

Central Michigan men's basketball assistant coach Ryan Mizner watched his team go 2-2 in the last three weeks with wins against Howard and Lourdes while the losses came against BYU and William & Mary. CMU is 7-6 overall entering Mid-American Conference action.

Division II

Austin Olivares (junior, Lindenwood University) helped his team win the Delta State Christmas Invite, which concluded on Dec. 14 in Cleveland, Mississippi.  On the meet's final day, Olivares took third in the 200-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 50.92 seconds.

NAIA

Jesse Taylor (redshirt sophomore, Dakota Wesleyan) did not play as the team went 3-2 the last three weeks, and the No. 9-ranked Tigers improved to 12-5 overall.

Upcoming competitions involving LGBT college athletes and coaches that have announced their sexuality publicly. (All times are Eastern).

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Derrick Gordon, Seton Hall men's basketball at Villanova; Villanova, Pa., 7 p.m. (FS1)

Ryan Mizner (ast. coach) Central Michigan men's basketball vs. Eastern Michigan; Mount Pleasant, Mich., 7 p.m.

Jesse Taylor, Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball at Northwestern College; Orange City, Iowa, 9 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 7

Bree Horrocks, Purdue women's basketball at Northwestern; Evanston, Ill., 8 p.m.

Chris Burns (ast. coach) Bryant men's basketball at Wagner; Staten Island, N.Y., 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

Friday, Jan. 8

Patrick Jeffrey, Stanford diving coach (men) vs. University of the Pacific; Stanford, Calif., 5 p.m.

Lee-J Mirasolo (ast. coach) Harvard women's hockey vs. Cornell; Cambridge, Mass., 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 9

Konrad Eiring, Illinois men's track and field vs. Iowa, Missouri; Champaign, Ill., 10 a.m.

Derrick Gordon, Seton Hall men's basketball vs. Creighton; Newark, N.J., 2 p.m. (FS1)

Fred Hartville, Illinois men's gymnastics vs. Illinois-Chicago; Champaign, Ill., 5 p.m.

Liam Huffman, George Washington men's swimming vs. William & Mary; Washington, D.C., TBA

Alex Obendorf, West Virginia men's diving vs. Pitt; Morgantown, W.V., Noon

Tanner Wilfong, Miami men's diving vs. Kansas, Rutgers; Coral Gables, Fla., 11 a.m.

Chris Burns (ast. coach) Bryant men's basketball at Mount St. Mary's; Emmitsburg, Md., 2 p.m.

Lee-J Mirasolo (ast. coach) Harvard women's hockey vs. Colgate; Cambridge, Mass., 4 p.m.

Ryan Mizner (ast. coach) Central Michigan men's basketball at Bowling Green; Bowling Green, Ohio, 2 p.m.

Javier Ruisanchez, Gannon University men's swimming vs. Canisius College; Erie, Pa., 11 a.m.

Chris Cassingham, Mary Washington men's swimming at Salisbury; Salisbury, Md., 1 p.m.

Jesse Taylor, Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball vs. Dakota State University; Mitchell, S.D., 7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 10

Taylor Emery, Tulane women's basketball vs. Central Florida; New Orleans, 5 p.m.

Bree Horrocks, Purdue women's basketball vs. Indiana; West Lafayette, Ind., 2 p.m.

Randy Lane (ast. coach) UCLA women's gymnastics vs. Alabama; Los Angeles, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Schuyler Bailar, Harvard men's swimming vs. Boston College; Boston, Mass., 2 p.m.

Ryan Mizner (ast. coach) Central Michigan men's basketball vs. Akron; Mount Pleasant, Mich, 7 p.m.

Austin Olivares, Lindenwood men's swimming at Colorado Mesa University; Grand Junction, Colo., 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Taylor Emery, Tulane women's basketball vs. USF; New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Jesse Taylor, Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball vs. Morningside; Mitchell, S.D., 9 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 14

Bree Horrocks, Purdue women's basketball vs. Minnesota; West Lafayette, Ind., 7 p.m.

Chris Burns (ast. coach) Bryant men's basketball vs. St. Francis Brooklyn; Smithfield, R.I., 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 15

Ayrton Kasemets, Oakland men's swimming at Kenyon, Cincinnati, Olivet Nazarene; Gambier, Ohio, 5:30 p.m.

Tanner Wilfong, Miami men's diving vs. Florida Gulf Coast; Coral Gables, Fla., 4 p.m.

Randy Lane (ast. coach) UCLA women's gymnastics at Florida; Gainesville, Fla., 7 p.m.

Lee-J Mirasolo (ast. coach) Harvard women's hockey at St. Lawrence; Canton, N.Y., 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 16

Schuyler Bailar, Harvard men's swimming vs. Brown, Penn; Boston, Mass., Noon

Alex Clark, East Carolina men's diving at Old Dominion; Norfolk, Va., 1 p.m.

Sean Collins, Penn men's track and field at Mountain Hawk Challenge; Bethlehem, Pa., All Day

Konrad Eiring, Illinois men's track and field at Illinois Classic; Champaign, Ill., 10 a.m.

Taylor Emery, Tulane women's basketball at Tulsa; Tulsa, Okla., 2 p.m.

Derrick Gordon, Seton Hall men's basketball at Providence; Providence, R.I., 4:30 p.m. (FS1)

Griffin Hay, Portland men's track and field at UW Indoor Preview; Seattle, All Day

Liam Huffman, George Washington men's swimming vs. Georgetown; Washington, D.C., TBA

Nick Jessee, St. Louis men's swimming vs. Evansville; St. Louis, 3 p.m.

Ayrton Kasemets, Oakland men's swimming at Kenyon, Cincinnati, Olivet Nazarene; Gambier, Ohio, 11 a.m.

Alex Obendorf, West Virginia men's diving at TCU; Fort Worth, Texas, 2 p.m.

Austin Parrish, Eastern Illinois men's swimming vs. Western Illinois; Charleston, Ill., TBA

Tanner Wilfong, Miami men's diving vs. Florida Atlantic; Coral Gables, Fla., 11 a.m.

Tanner Williams, Oklahoma men's track & field at J.D. Martin Invitational; Norman, Okla., 11:30 a.m.

Chris Burns (ast. coach) Bryant men's basketball vs. LIU Brooklyn; Smithfield, R.I., 4 p.m.

Lee-J Mirasolo (ast. coach) Harvard women's hockey at Clarkson; Potsdam, N.Y., 4 p.m.

Ryan Mizner (ast. coach) Central Michigan men's basketball at Buffalo; Buffalo, N.Y., 3:30 p.m.

Greg Arther, Wisconsin-Platteville men's track and field at UW-Platteville Open; Platteville, Wis., All Day

Chris Cassingham, Mary Washington men's swimming vs. St. Mary's (Md.); Fredericksburg, Va., 1 p.m.

David Gilbert, Lewis-Clark State College men's track at Idaho Open; Moscow, Idaho, All Day

Jesse Taylor, Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball at Concordia Univ.; Seward, Neb., 5 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17

Fred Hartville, Illinois men's gymnastics at Windy City Invitational; Chicago, 4 p.m.

Bree Horrocks, Purdue women's basketball at Ohio State; Columbus, Ohio, TBA (Big Ten Network)

Erik Hall can be reached via email at hallerik7@gmail.com or on Twitter @HallErik or on Facebook. If you are an out LGBT athlete or coach and want your accomplishments recognized, email Erik.