Andrea Iavarone has made a career out of cleaning up other peoples’ misses.
The St. Joseph’s (Patchogue) women’s basketball senior said she prefers when the shots of her teammates go in but added that she has never minded cleaning up a miss with a putback.
All those putbacks over her four-year career have added up, leading Iavarone to become the program’s all-time leading scorer Thursday, Feb. 8, in a 72-66 win over Yeshiva.
“If you asked me going into college, I would’ve probably laughed. I never saw this coming, but I didn’t think that it was impossible,” said Iavarone, a 6-foot forward.
Trish McMahon held the previous record of 1,407 points. After scoring 27 points Saturday in her final game, a 76-63 loss to St. Joseph’s (Brooklyn), Iavarone ends her career with 1,510. She also had 27 rebounds in the game.
Iavarone, who majors in business, said they stopped the game against Yeshiva briefly to recognize the achievement. She took pictures with family and was given flowers.
From Miller Place, Iavarone acknowledged that she’s somewhat undersized to be playing in the low post. Despite that, she also entered the record books with her rebounding prowess.
She set the program’s single-season rebound record this year (420) and also finished with 1,112 rebounds, second behind Kristen Bihary’s record of 1,119 set in 2003.
“My coach always says that rebounding is all effort and hustle,” she said. “For a rebounder, I think you always have to think the ball is not going to go in.”
Iavarone also holds single-game program records for points (39), rebounds (27), field goals made (19) and blocked shots (tied, 10).
“I love the game, so working out every day and just playing the game, it’s not work,” Iavarone said. “Just being able to play is like a blessing for me.”