By Jerry Del Priore
St. Joseph (Brooklyn) Women’s Basketball team members senior Victoria Porcasi and sophomore Kelly O’Donnell were the Skyline Conference’s top scoring duo in the 2018-19 season. That helped them — along with individual spectacular years — earn All-Skyline Women’s Basketball First Team accolades.
The dynamic pair combined to post 36 points per game. O’Donnell (18.5 ppg) tied for second in the conference in scoring average and Porcasi (17.7 ppg) finished fourth to become the first All-Skyline First Team selections in program history.
Responsible for almost half of the scoring output for an offense that was second in the league with 74.3 points a night, the fierce duo helped the Bears post their best Skyline finish in fourth place while earning the first home playoff game ever played at The Hill Center. The Bears concluded their season at 16-10 overall, their first winning campaign since 2014-15 and first since joining the Skyline Conference.
Porcasi enjoyed a fantastic career at St. Joseph, amassing 1,647 points, which are the most in the Bears’ NCAA era and third all-time in team history. The senior sharp shooter also set program records in successful career three-pointers (260) and three-point field goal percentage (35.4), also leading the Skyline this season in both categories, averaging 3.2 treys a night, currently ranking her 11th in Division III women’s hoops.
The senior co-captain also led the team in assists with a career-high 3.2 helpers a game, an outing that ranked eighth in the league. Porcasi dropped 20-plus points nine times and scored in double-figures in 24 of the club’s 26 games, highlighted by a season-high 33 in a hard-fought, come-from-behind road victory at borough rivals Brooklyn College in December.
Porcasi is headed for a career as a school teacher.
O’Donnell, last year’s Skyline Rookie of the Year and a second-team honoree, turned in an even better sophomore campaign as one of six players in the league to average a double-double with 18.5 points and 10.7 rebounds for the season.
In addition to finishing tied for the league lead in points scored (482), the Marine Park native lit up the box score nightly, ranking in the top 10 in the Skyline in rebounds (10.7, #7), steals (2.1, #8), assists (3.0 #10), and blocks (1.2, #8) per tilt.
The versatile sophomore notched 12 contests with 20-or-more points, compiling 14 double-doubles on the year, including the first triple-double in program history with 29 points, 14 boards, and 10 assists in a win over Sarah Lawrence on December 6.
Currently averaging 18.2 points through her first two seasons, the red-headed dynamo is on pace to become the fastest Bear to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark, needing just 54 more points to reach the milestone.
The All-Conference teams and Player, Defensive Player, Rookie, and Coach of the Year are selected by the league’s 10 head coaches.