FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart women's basketball head coach Jessica Mannetti and her staff are officially announcing the addition of seven student-athletes to the 2019-20 season. Among the new players includes five freshmen and two transfers. The influx of talent helps alleviate the loss of a decorated five-member senior Class of 2019 that played their final collegiate season in 2018-19.
"We are truly excited about the addition of seven new players to our Sacred Heart Women's Basketball program," said Coach Mannetti. "This class, which includes five freshmen and two transfers, is one of the most talented classes we have recruited and will have an immediate impact on our program. Not only are these athletes extremely high character individuals, they fit seamlessly into our culture of hard work, dedication and gratitude and will add to our outstanding group of current Pioneers. I am excited to welcome a new era of Sacred Heart women's basketball players to the program as we continue to compete for an NEC Championship."
Junior (Will Redshirt 2019-20 Season due to NCAA transfer rules)
Guard/Forward | 5-10
High School: National Christian Academy
Intended Major: Business Economics
At Lafayette (2017-19): Martino saw time in 58 games across two seasons as a Leopard … Averaged 8.4 points per game in her two-year stay at Lafayette … Shot 36.9 percent from the floor, 37.7 percent from three and 79 percent at the line to go along with 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.6 steals per game … Martino led the team in three-pointers (40) and three-point percentage (37) in 2018-19 … Scored a career-high 22 points against Colgate (3/6/19) on six three-pointers.
At National Christian Academy: Member of the National Championship winning team at Riverdale Baptist in 2014 … Two-year team captain at National Christian … All-Met Honorable Mention … Played AAU for the Maryland United Lady Ballers program which ranked 13th nationally … Also suited up for the Maryland Lady Heat, ranked No. 1 in the DMV area … Played for the Philadelphia Belles, winning a championship and was invited to the Nike Nationals … Named to the Principal's List all four years of high school … Ranked first in her senior class with a 4.0 GPA.
Junior (Immediately Eligible)
Center | 6-2
College: Union County College (Junior)
High School: East Orange Campus
Intended Major: Undecided
At Union County (2017-19): Posted 891 points (14.1 PPG), 728 rebounds (11.6 RPG) and 177 blocks (2.8 BPG) in her two-year career at the junior college level for Union County College … Helped lead Union County to the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCCA) Tournament where her team finished as the national runner-up … Guided Union County to a 30-win season and the NJCAA District N Championship and Region XiX title in the 2018-19 campaign … Named to the 2018-19 All-Region First Team … Averaged a double-double in her sophomore 2018-19 season with 14.1 points (51.2 FG%), 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 37 games … Posted 14.3 PPG, 11.7 RPG and 3.2 BPG in 26 games during her 2017-18 freshman season.
At East Orange: A dominating post presence, Woods posted 11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game across her senior season of high school at East Orange … Helped lead East Orange to two consecutive Super Essex Conference-American Division, Essex County Tournament and state sectional championships in her two-year varsity career … Named All-Area Honorable Mention in 2015-16, despite missing the final two months of her senior season due to injury … Chosen to play in the 2016 North-South Senior All-Star Basketball Classic.
Guard | 5-10
High School: Lawrence Academy (Groton, MA)
Intended Major: Accounting or Human Resources
At Lawrence Academy: Arnold was a two-year team captain of basketball team and also captained the cross country team in her senior season … Two-time Team MVP in basketball … Three-time All-ISL … Three-time NEPSAC All-Star … 2018-19 Class B Player of the Year … Netted a Lawrence Academy single-game record eight three-pointers … Fifth player in Lawrence Academy history to score 1000 points … Demonstrated outstanding academic prowess as the recipient of the Holmes Prize, Proctor Award and Thomas B. Warner Memorial Prize.
Guard | 5-8
High School: Westbrook
Intended Major: Undecided
At Westbrook: Marshall starred for the Westbrook H.S. team for four seasons and also played tennis for two seasons … Two-year team captain … Four-time Team MVP … Invited to the JCC All-Star Game and the Senior All-Star Game for Connecticut … Tallied 1421 career points, 531 rebounds, 408 steals and 338 assists throughout her high school career … Averaged 19 points per game for her four-year career … Four-time All-Shoreline First Team selection … Three-time All-State … Three-time New Haven All-Area … Three-time New Haven Tap-Off Club … McDonald's All-American nominee … Daughter of Donny Marshall, who was a second round pick out of UConn in 1995 and played professionally in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers (1995-97, 1999-00) and New Jersey Nets (2001-03).
Guard | 5-7
High School: National Christian Academy
Intended Major: Exercise Science
At National Christian: Smith led a prestigious National Christian Academy to a 25-win season in 2018-19 … Put up a career-high 41 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists to push her over the 1000-point mark for her high school career … Averaged 10.8 points, 4.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game in her 2018-19 senior season … Nominated for the 2018-19 McDonald's All-American Game … 2018-19 All-Met Honorable Mention.
Center/Forward | 6-2
High School: Paul VI High School
Intended Major: Communications
At Paul VI High School: Stroemel led Paul VI to a pair of conference titles in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons … Four-year varsity basketball player … Named team captain and team MVP in her senior season … Was an All-Conference and All-Non-Public HS selection in her high school career … Picked up Second Team All-South Jersey honors in 2018-19 … Is a National Honor Society student.
Guard | 5-11
High School: Nicolas-Gatineau
Intended Major: Business Management
At Nicolas-Gatineau: Ziba graduates after a long and storied career at where she played seven seasons of varsity basketball (since 2012) … Named an All-League First Team All-Star … Selected as team captain and Team MVP … Two-time Coast-to-Coast Tournament MVP … Averaged 17 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor in her senior season … Helped lead Team Quebec to a gold medal at the U15-U17 National Girls Basketball Championships … Earned certificates throughout her high school career for best grades in science and french.