Rosa Bernasconi begins her fourth season with the Lions?will serve as team captain this year?coaches are glad to have her back on the court after recovering from last seasons injuries?is enjoying every moment of her senior season?is of the truest point guards ever to play at LMU?is an absolute workhorse on and off the court?exudes energy and enthusiasm?doesn?t accept losing?is a great ball handler?a great passer, makes excellent decisions that set up her teammates for success?an ideal point guard?can score with ease either driving to the basket or pulling up to shoot?has natural abilities that are impossible to coach?will run the show for the Lions as the starting point guard.
At LMU - 2000-01
Was hampered by injuries throughout the season?missed the first five games due to a broken hand?nearly scored a double-double in her first game back against Fresno State (12/5/00), 14 points and seven assists?picked up 12 points and nine rebounds against Western Michigan (12/22/00)?recorded a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds, against Pittsburgh (12/30/00)?collected a season-high 18 points against Long Beach State (1/5/01)?scored six points against Pepperdine (1/20/01) before going down with her second injury of the season?torn ACL ended her season early.
Started in all 28 games?led the Lions with 39 three-pointers for a season percentage of .307?that total ranks her second on the single-season three-pointers chart?put up a season-high .600 field goal percentage (6-10) vs. Kansas (12/3/99)?recorded a single-game career-high five three-pointers against Gonzaga (2/5/00)?that mark ties her for second in the single-game record books?on the same night vs. Gonzaga, set a new LMU record for points in a single game putting up 39 on the night?her next meeting with Gonzaga (2/10/00) resulted in another career-best night dishing out 10 assists?led the team and the conference with 89 steals?ranks second on the single-season list and eighth on the career charts in that category?grabbed a career-best eight steals against BYU (12/4/99)?finished second among Lions with 179 rebounds?averaged 15.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 3.6 assists per game?recorded double-doubles against Baylor (12/21/99) 10 points and 13 boards, Denver (12/29/99) 21 points and 10 boards and Gonzaga (2/10/00) 10 assists and 11 boards?collected 423 points, finishing second on the team and fifth among conference leaders?hit the century mark with 100 assists, sixth in the LMU single-season record book?blocked a personal-best four shots vs. Portland (2/4/00), while tallying a total of 12 on the season.
Thrust into a starting role three games into the season, she accepted the challenge and turned out to be one of the most solid performers on the squad?finished the season rated second on the team in scoring averaging 9.8 points per game (265)?played in all 27 games, making 25 starts?shot 37.5 percent from the floor (84-224), and a team-leading 81.9 percent from the free-throw line (68-83)?led the squad with 29 three pointers (29-87) for a season percentage of .333?dished out 64 assists, just three shy of the team lead?snagged a team-leading 54 steals?blocked an amazing eight shots during the campaign, a mark that rated second only to 6-foot-6 senior Julie Jarosz?sunk a career-high 20 points at home vs. San Francisco (2/13/99)?grabbed a career-high eight rebounds three different times during the season?dished a career-high six assists at home vs. Austin Peay (11/28/98)?had five steals in a single game twice during the campaign.
Bernasconi is a 1998 graduate of Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, AZ?a four-year letterwinner in basketball and track, and three-year letterwinner in volleyball?as a senior, she averaged 17.5 points, 6.8 steals and 6.2 assists per game?named the USA Today Arizona State Player of the Year and the Gatorade Arizona State Player of the Year following her senior season?led Seton Catholic to a 110-7 record in her four years, and two 2A state titles?holds the Arizona state record for most steals in a game, season and career?a four-year All-Metro Conference selection?an All-American pick in her final season?prep coach was Karen Self.
Rosamaria Hernandez Bernasconi was born on April 16, 1980 in Phoenix, AZ?the daughter of to Santino and Socorro Bernasconi?has five brothers and one sister?also recruited by the University of Nevada-Reno?lists Hawai?i as her favorite vacation spot?a Chicano studies major.
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