Sarah Hansen, Kayla McBride, Kirsten Olowinski and many more Erie women are making a mark on the college basketball scene — all reported in the Erie Times-News. Read the full report on Erie players at various colleges here – it includes national, regional and local college players. Here’s just a taste of what the bigger college players are doing — all from our sports reporters at the Erie Times-News.
Hansen, a General McLane graduate and standout at Florida Gulf Coast, is racking up the awards. Named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness Player of the Week to start off the year, she is setting records at Florida Gulf Coast
Villa Maria graduate Kayla McBride, a junior at Notre Dame, was named national college basketball player of the week earlier this month. She was also named the espnW.com – ESPN’s website for women’s sports — college basketball player of the week and the Big East player of the week earlier this month. No. 2 Notre Dame is having another impressive season.
Mercyhurst Prep graduate Kirsten Olowinski a 6-foot 1-inch senior forward at Miami (Ohio) is breaking numerous records. She topped the 1,000-point career mark and is approaching 1,000 career rebounds. She hit the 36th double-double of her career with 19 points and 15 rebounds during a win over Ohio University. Olowinski also broke the RedHawks’ record for career blocked shots and rebounds.
Kudos to Kayla McBride of Notre Dame. Again! Erie’s Kayla McBride, a Villa Maria Academy standout, had 16 points in defeating Maryland with a score of 80-49 last night in the Raleigh Regional final. She sank two 3-pointers in perfect style.
Notre Dame meets University of Connecticut on Sunday night in Denver. This will be the fourth time the two teams have played this season with ND taking three out of the four contests. Read the full goerie.com story from Associated Press.
Notre Dame lost last year in the finals of the Final Four, but McBride did not play in that game. The other NCAA Women’s semifinal includes Baylor (with 6-foot, 8-inch Brittney Griner) against Stanford. She dunks.
Womens basketball will pull in big TV ratings this weekend.
If you hear the name Hansen pretty much anywhere in Erie County, chances are you’ll hear a story about a great athlete. Sarah Hansen, a General McLane grad, is taking her terrific high school hoops career to the next level as a Florida Gulf Coast Eagle.
The redshirt sophomore forward is making a mark as the team hits the floor for its first NCAA Division I tournament appearance. Read the entire Erie Times-News article about Sarah here.
This afternoon at 2:30 (check your local listings), the Eagles (29-2) will play St. Bonaventure (29-3), another team making its first NCAA appearance.
The 5-foot 11-inch Hansen leads the Eagles in scoring at 14.3 points per game and rebounding at 6.1 rebounds per game. She also has a 3.95 GPA and a chemistry major.
You’ve heard her sister’s name. Tori Hansen, the 2011 Times-News Female Athlete of the Year, set records at Division II West Liberty State and now has a professional career in Australia.
This should be an exciting game as the Eagles have some incredible shooters from 3-point range. ESPN 2 and ESPN 3 televise the NCAA women’s tournament which also includes Notre Dame and Erie’s Kayla McBride playing at 2 p.m.
Congrats to all the Erie women making Erie proud.