2 new transfers join the women’s basketball team

LEWISBURG. ~ Coach Trevor Woodruff has added Ashley O’Connor and Sophia Sabino to Bucknell’s 2023-24 roster. Both players played at Fordham last season. “We are thrilled to have Ashley and Sophia join us,” said head coach Trevor Woodruff. Both played in the Atlantic 10 and came from top high schools. We are excited to bring them into the team and into the system. We wish them prosperous careers.

Guard O’Connor made his college debut on November 10, 2022 against Saint Peter’s. The Se a Bright, NJ native had two points, two rebounds, a block and a steal. She scored 2.4 points on 50 percent shooting in all seven games. In three Atlantic 10 games, O’Connor averaged just over three points. 38 mins in total. Woodruff on O’Connor: “Ashley is a smart combo guard. She is versatile. It improves our defense. She can score from the outside. Glad to see her in the Patriot League.

O’Connor excelled individually and collectively in high school. Saint John Vianney won the Non-Public A State and Shore Conference Championships in its sophomore year. New Jersey’s No. 1 team finished 19th nationally. Hoop Group Shore All-Defensive O’Connor. While the Lancers repeated as conference winners, she won first-team All-Shore and All-Defense her junior year. In his final year as captain, the Lancers went 32-1, won the Tournament of Champions, another state title, and finished in the top five nationally. O’Connor won Defensive Player of the Year awards from the All-Shore First Team and the Hoop Group.

After spending her freshman year in a redshirt, Sabino, a guard, made her debut against Yale on Nov. 7, 2022. As a guard, she had two assists and one rebound. His first collegiate point was a free throw against Saint Peter’s. Sabino twice scored a career-high six points against Wagner and Post. She’s averaging 1.9 points and 59 minutes in 2022-23. She helped the Caseys as a four-year starter at Red Bank Catholic. She helped the team win Division and Hoop Group titles and was named an All-Freshman. She broke her school’s single-season assists record as a sophomore. As a junior, she averaged over six assists and three steals and was part of the second team and the Hoop group. Sabino was senior captain.

Sabino’s family loves basketball. His older sisters played college basketball. Sam Sabino played for Saint Francis University, Sydney for Patriot League opponent Lafayette and Shaelyn for Ithaca. Mother Tracey wore the colors of Monmouth University. Woodruff on Sabino: “The first battle for Sophia is to regain her health. We are excited to continue her rehabilitation and get her back into full gear by the start of the regular season. She is doing well. She’s a point guard playmaker with exceptional size who can get into the lane and make great passes. It enriches our perimeter group.

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