Perez signs with Waldorf
ESTHERVILLE — Iowa Lakes women’s basketball player Marisela Perez signed her letter of intent to continue her collegiate career at Waldorf University, a NAIA level institution located in Forest City.
Marisela graduated in May from Iowa Lakes with a degree in business. While attending Iowa Lakes, Marisela earned ICCAC Third Team All-Region, First Team All-Region Academic fall and spring semesters and earned ICCAC player of the week honors. Perez averaged 7.1 points, 4.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Perez shot 27.3 percent from behind the arc and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Perez graduated from Lakewood High School in Denver, Colorado, in 2015. While attending Lakewood High School, Perez was a four-year varsity letterwinner and was named team captain for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. Perez was named second team all-conference and led the league in assists during her 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. During Perez’s high school career, they were conference champs three times and also made it to the elite eight of the state tournament three times.
“I loved Iowa Lakes and the whole community,” commented Perez. “I’ll never forget some of the people and experiences I have had through classes, basketball and Trio. I am so thankful for the adults who gave their time to better both me and my future whether that was in school, basketball or just life in general.”
“So thankful I had the opportunity to coach Mari for a year,” Iowa Lakes Community College women’s basketball coach Ashley Martin said. “Mari played with so much energy and was our floor general. She made everyone around her better. She has an incredible vision of the floor. She makes a lot of things happen in transition and really puts pressure on the defense. I am excited to see her continue her academic and athletic careers at Waldorf. She will be a great addition to their program.”
“I am really excited to continue playing and going to school at Waldorf University,” commented Perez. “I’ll be close to some really great people at Iowa Lakes, and I’ll still be growing myself.”