Ashley Montecchio saved her best for last and helped Rosemont rally for a 70–67 victory over Keystone College Monday night that earned the senior from Sun Valley High School an exclusive place in the history of the women’s basketball program. Going into the week, Montecchio was ranked 1st nationally in points scored per game in NCAA Division III.
Montecchio scored 22 of her 29 points in the second half to become the leading scorer in program history and help the Ravens (10–5 overall, 7–1 CSAC) erase a 15-point second half deficit.
The 29-point effort gave Montecchio 1,432 points, three more than the 1,429 Katie Linder scored during her career at Rosemont College (2003–2007) thereby setting a new school record.
Montecchio has a pattern of breaking records. This past November, against Lancaster Bible, she eclipsed a 21-year old Rosemont record by scoring 37 points, while also adding game-highs with twelve rebounds, five steals, and three blocks. In January, Montecchio broke her own record, scoring 40 points in a win against Delaware Valley. In Rosemont’s win over Cairn University on Wednesday, Montecchio became Rosemont’s all-time leading blocker, stopping her 171st shot, surpassing the 170 blocks credited to Erin Bender (1997–2001).
Last week Montecchio was named by the conference as a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Player-of-the-Week; her second time in less than two months to earn this honor.
Andy McGovern, who is in his thirteenth year as Rosemont’s women’s basketball coach, also coached Katie Linder, the previous holder of the all-time scoring record. McGovern expects this to be a very successful year for Montecchio. “Ashley is a dedicated player and has grown in her athletic ability each year,” says McGovern. “She is not only a great scorer but also a great team player.”
Both Montecchio and Linder were recognized in a special pre-game event on January 16 in Alumnae Hall where Linder presented the Keystone game ball to Montecchio.