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St. Francis Basketball All-Time Starting 5’s

Next up on our look-back at all-time starting fives for the local college basketball teams will be St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights.

Founded in 1896, the men’s team is the oldest collegiate basketball program in New York City. The Terriers won the 1951 National Catholic Invitational Tournament, yet it remains one of four original Division I teams to have never reached the NCAA Tournament.

The women’s team was founded in 1973 and joined the NCAA’s Northeast Conference (NEC) in 1988. The team made its only NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015 after capturing the NEC Tournament title.

Take a look at the top players in school history.

Men

Dennis McDermott

>> Dennis McDermott

Holds highest career scoring average in program history at 21.3 points per game

Fourth in program history with 1,578 career points

Averaged 9.6 rebounds per game

No. 22 jersey has been retired by the program

 

>> Al Inniss

Sixth in program history with 1,503 points

Holds single-game rebound record with 37 on March 17, 1956

No. 19 jersey has been retired by the program

 

Jalen Cannon. (Photo: Courtesy of St. Francis College Athletic Communications)

>> Jalen Cannon

Program leader with 1,720 points

Averaged 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game

Averaged a double-double as a senior with 16.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game

2014-2015 NEC Player of the Year

 

>> Ricky Cadell

Second in program history with 1,634 points

Averaged 14.2 points per game

 

>> John Conforti

10th in program history with 1,435 points

Holds single-game scoring record with 45 points on Jan. 10, 1970

Averaged 21.4 points per game

Holds highest single-season scoring average at 24.3 points per game (1968-69)

 

Honorable Mention

>>Manny Figueroa

Fifth in program history with 1,532 points

Averaged a double-double for his career with 17.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game

 

>>Jerome Williams

Seventh in program history with 1,490 points.

Highest per game single-season rebounding average at 12.0 (1974-75)

 

>>Richy Dominguez

•  Eighth in program history with 1,482 points

 

 >>Darrwin Purdie

•  Third in program history with 1,613 points

 

Women

Karen Erving-Schiera

>> Karen Erving-Schiera

Program leader with 1,929 points

Program leader with 1,049 rebounds

Named to the All-NEC First Team (1990-91) and All-NEC Second Team (1989-90)

No. 40 jersey has been retired by the program

 

Jeanne Zatorski

>> Jeanne Zatorski

Third in program history with 1,704 career points

Third in program history with 878 career rebounds

Led Terriers into the 1976 EAIAW Postseason Invitational Tournament

No. 15 jersey has been retired by the program

 

>> Leah Fechko

Eighth in program history with 1,216 points

Fifth in program history with 855 rebounds

Third in program history with 213 steals

Named to All-NEC Rookie Team (2012-13) and All-NEC First Team (2015-16)

Selected as NEC Defensive Player of the Year (2015-16)

Named to the All-NEC Defensive Team twice (2013-14 and 2014-15)

 

>> Christine Cunningham

Fourth in program history with 1,496 points

Fourth in program history with 457 assists

Named to the All-NEC Rookie Team (1991-91), All-NEC First Team (1994-95) and All-NEC Second Team (1993-94)

 

>> Pam Curcio

Tied for fifth in program history with 1,394 points

Holds program’s single-game record for points scored with 47 (Dec. 8, 1988)

Named to All-NEC First Team (1987-88)

Selected to the NEC All-Tournament Team (1986-87)

 

Honorable Mention

>>Jade Johnson

Tied for fifth in program history with 1,394 career points

Holds single-season points record with 598 (2018-19)

Second in program history with 233 3-pointers made

Holds record for 3-pointers made in a season with 100 (2018-19)

Named to the All-NEC Second Team twice (2017-18 and 2018-19)

 

>>Tiffany Hill

Second in program history with 1,764 career points

Third in program history with 217 3-pointers made

Named to the All-NEC Rookie Team (2004-05) and All-NEC Second Team (2007-08)

 

>>Jaymee Veney

Seventh in program history with 1,307 career points

Sixth in program history with 784 career rebounds

Named to the All-NEC Rookie Team (2011-12) and All-NEC Second Team (2014-15)

Helped lead team to its first NEC Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament (2014-15)

 

 >>Sarah Benedetti

Sixth in program history with 1,379 career points

Program leader in 3-pointers made with 280

Helped lead team to its first NEC Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament (2014-15)

Named to the All-NEC Third Team (2012-13)


Contact Jim Mancari via email at jmmanc@gmail.com.

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