FAIRFIELD, Conn. (July 1, 2010) - Sacred Heart head women's basketball coach Ed Swanson announced that seniors Alisa Apo (Freehold, NJ), Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) and Maureen Reilly (Cherry Hill, NJ) have been named team captains for the 2010-11 season. Ap and Cosgrove will captain the Pioneers for the second-consecutive season.
"We are excited about these three young women leading our program this year." stated the head coach. "Maggie and Alisa have been a mainstay on the team since they stepped foot on campus as freshmen. Mo really emerged as a great communicator last season and will teach our younger players about perseverance, toughness and attitude."
Apo is coming of an All-Northeast Conference campaign as a junior, her second-straight appearance on the all-league team. The senior guard averaged 16.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game while leading the Pioneers to a 19 win season in 2009-10. Apo, the 2008-09 NEC Player of the Year, ranked in the league's top-15 in seven different categories, including third in scoring and assists, and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio. She finished the year scoring 20+ points a team-best nine times while her 196 trips to the line was tops among conference players. She was also a three-time Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week.
She became the 14th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 career points last season and currently sits fifth on SHU's all-time scoring list with 1,420 points in three seasons. Off the court, Apo is a Business Administration major and was named the 2010 Northeast Conference Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Cosgrove put together a career season in 2009-10, averaging 10.4 points per game while leading the NEC in three-point shooting. Cosgrove hit 45.5% (76- 167) from behind the arc last season, averaging 2.53 makes from downtown per game. The senior guard was among the nation's top-long range shooters all season, leading the NCAA for a stretch of the season hitting over 50.0%. She set new Sacred Heart school records in three-point field goals in a season (76) and career three-point makes at 193 and counting heading into her senior season. She was also among the league leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio, dishing 68 assists against 53 turnovers.
Reilly was just 12 games into what was shaping up to break-out season last year before a knee injury cut her year short. Through the season's first 12 games, the senior power forward averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds coming off the bench for the Pioneers. She shot 60.0% (21-35) and showed the knack for hitting an occasional three making four-of-six from behind the arc. A strong offseason of rehab has the senior captain poised to make a return to the court in 2010-11.
"Maggie, Alisa and Mo all bring different elements of leadership to the forefront, and we are very confident they will take our team in the right direction."