LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball coach Marlene Stollings announced the signing of transfer Emma Clarke to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Clarke played the first two seasons of her collegiate career at the University of Colorado.
“We are thrilled to add Emma to our Lady Raider program,” Stollings said. “She brings a high level of competitive experience from the Pac-12, which will help her quickly adapt to Big 12 play. Her versatile skill set, maturity, size and work ethic will immediately impact and elevate the movement.”
A native of Perth, Western Australia, Clarke averaged nearly 10 points and five rebounds as a sophomore at Colorado during the 2019-20 season. Clarke appeared in all 30 games for the Buffaloes and started in 29. She scored in double figures in 15 games, including a career high 21 points against Denver and a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double at Wyoming.
Clarke also shot over 30 percent from three-point range during her sophomore year and averaged a block per game.
“Simply put, there was not a better fit for me than Texas Tech,” Clarke said. “My decision came down to the professionalism of the coaching staff, their proven success on the basketball court and their friendliness off the court. At Texas Tech, I will be given the best resources to reach my full potential academically and athletically. I cannot wait to continue my college career as a Lady Raider!”
As a freshman, Clarke appeared in all 30 games for the Buffaloes, scoring in double figures five times in her first season.
The six-foot-one guard was a 2017 graduate of Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Clarke scored 42 points in a single game at the U-16 Australian Junior Championships, and was the top scorer at the U-18 Australian Junior Championships, averaging 21.9 points and 8.7 rebounds.
Clarke is a member of Australia’s Youth National Team program. She averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists, while shooting 60.7 percent at the U-17 FIBA Oceania Championship and was named to the All-Star 5 at the tournament.
Clarke was born on March 18, 2000, in Perth, Western Australia, to Laurel and Michael Bell. She has a younger brother, Jack, who plays basketball, soccer and tennis. In her spare time, Clarke enjoys photography and spending time outdoors. She volunteers at basketball academies with juniors, and earned a state medal in Surf Life Saving. Her goal is to play for the Australian Opals Team.