Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Saints' Rossiter Nears Milestone Rebound

The current season looks like it could be a historical one for a second Siena player in terms of individual statistical achievement.

This blogger's research recently discovered that only 13 players in the history of women's basketball within the MAAC had ever produced career totals of at least 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 100 blocked shots (see the previous post). Siena's senior center Serena Moore joined that exclusive group last week.

And, now, her male counterpart at Siena, 6-foot-9 senior center Ryan Rossiter, is on pace for even more exclusive historical company.

Rossiter, the nation's No. 2 rebounder (13.4 per game), currently has 362 rebounds this season and if he continues to record his average down the stretch he will become just the third player in conference history with 400 rebounds in a single season.

Siena has two remaining regular-season games and at least one game in the conference's post-season tournament for Rossiter to reach the milestone.

The only players to pull down 400 rebounds in a season while playing in the MAAC are former Rider center Jason Thompson (2007-08) with 411, and former Fairfield forward Darren Phillip (1999-00) with 405.

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