Senior Kelly Guerriero Shines on Senior Night
By Nick Crispino
A two-year transfer from Mount St. Mary's University, senior guard Kelly Guerriero has made an impact both on the court and in the record books for the Molloy Lions women's basketball team. Even though her time here was short, Guerriero holds the Molloy record for most three-pointers in a season with 81 as of Feb. 23/2014. Coming off the bench in the 2012-13 season, Guerriero played in all 26 games, averaging 9.3 points per game, third best on the team.
Making her way to a starting spot in the 2013-14 season, Guerriero has a team high in points (13.8), three-point percentage (.399) and minutes (31.8). "I wish I had her for a few more years," said Head Coach Kate Lynch. "She's a great person, fun to be around, a great leader and I'm really happy she can close out her final home game of the season." On Senior Night, Feb. 22, at the Quealy Gymnasium, Guerriero exploded with a game-high 22 points, 6 three-pointers and seven rebounds, helping beat D.C. Firebirds, 70-59. Before the game, Guerriero received a standing ovation from her friends, family, teammates and the Molloy community.
Talking about her feelings before the game, Guerriero said, "I was so emotional, but my teammates are everything to me, they pulled me together and told me let's get this win." Sophomore guard Alexia O'Connor spoke the same sentiment about the team, "We wanted to do it for Kelly, the positive energy was there, we're really happy to do it [get the win] for her." Sophomore forward, Kimani Jackson, a close friend and teammate of Guerriero said, "We love her, she works hard and I'm happy she can have a great game today.It all came down to energy and love and it really does make a difference in the game."
Guerriero and company have a three-game road trip ahead of them before the East Coast Conference Championship Tournament. "This has been such a long journey for me," said Guerriero. "All the ups and downs, it's emotional, it's happy and sad, and it's every emotion you can think of."