September 21, 2012

Former Pioneer Callan Taylor Signs Professional Contract to Play in Finland

FAIRFIELD, CT (September 21, 2012) – Sacred Heart University graduate Callan Taylor '12 (Overland Park, KS) has signed a contract to play professional basketball with Turun Riento in Turku Finland.  Taylor will be playing in the top-division in Finland with her season starting on October 6th.  She is the eighth Pioneer during the Division I era (1999 through present) to sign a professional contract overseas.

"We are extremely happy that Callan will have the opportunity to continue her professional career in Finland," stated head coach Ed Swanson.  "She has worked extremely hard both on and off the court for this opportunity and we are proud to have her as an ambassador for our program and Sacred Heart University."

Taylor was named the 2012 Northeast Conference Player of the Year and led the Pioneers to their third NEC Championship this past season.  She earned herself a spot on the NEC All-Tournament team after capping off her career the way she started it, wearing the NEC crown. During her senior season, Taylor was a four time Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week pick, ranking in the NEC top-ten in five categories.  She finished second in rebounding (9.6 rpg), second in three-point percentage (.416), third in field goal percentage (.494), sixth in scoring (16.3 ppg) and 10th in made three-pointers (1.63 per game).

Taylor's name is all over the Sacred Heart record book, in her senior and during the 2011-12 season, she became the program's all-time rebounding leading rebounders (1,123).  The Overland Park native is the first person in Sacred Heart's Division I history to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.  Also one of the most decorated players in NEC history, the three-time All-NEC player's 52 double-doubles puts her at the top of the league's record book.  Her 1,822 career points ranks eighth all-time and she is third in career rebounds with 1,123.

Off the court, Taylor graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for the second straight year and was named the Northeast Conference Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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