By Jerry Del Priore
St. Joseph’s College’s (Brooklyn) Kelly O’Donnell (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) reached a milestone that only 10 other players in women’s program history have ever accomplished: she scored her career 1000 points.
Two minutes into the game, O’Donnell hit 1,000 points on a layup courtesy of a pass from senior Lauren Quesada (Westbury, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) in the Bears’ 79-72 victory over borough rivals Brooklyn College (3-1).
A Marine Park, resident, O’Donnell finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, for her first double-double of the young season.
Remarkably, the red-headed dynamic guard now stands at 1,017 career points, surpassing former Bear and current assistant coach Samantha Retas ’15 for ninth on St. Joseph’s all-time scoring list in just 56 career tilts.
Freshman center Emma Kiley (Whitestone, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy), who the Skyline Conference’s named Rookie of the Week following her stellar performance over the weekend, drained an early season-high 29 points on 12-of-14 shooting to lead all players in her first collegiate home game at the Hill Center. She also grabbed nine rebounds in the victory.
Quesada contributed 20 points and nine boards in the Bears’ first win of the campaign against three loses.