Castleton dominated this year, outscoring opponents by as much as 64 points, and recorded 27 victories by double-digits. Both of the Spartans’ losses came to conference foe Colby-Sawyer College, including the conference championship they were looking to repeat. But Castleton didn’t need to win their conference to be the best. Instead they fought a hard battle with Suffolk University, mounting a 9-1 run in the last five minutes of play and sealed their school’s first ever women’s basketball ECAC championship.
Bolognani, who had nine rebounds, two points, and two blocks for the Spartans in the game, said her team’s ECAC championship was a result of sheer determination and cooperation by her and her fellow Spartans. “Winning the championship just showed how hard we worked every day in practice,” said Bolognani. “We knew we deserved it and we were all happy for each other because everyone on this team put in the work. Winning this was the icing on the cake.”
As a starting guard for the Spartans this year, Bolognani averaged 7.7 points on 40% shooting, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists. Her season-high in points came on November 30, 2012, when she scored a team-high 21 points against the University of Maine-Farmington.
Each year on the team Bolognani made her mark, leading freshman scorers in 2009-2010 with 6.5 points per game. Her first year as a starter she was the fourth-leading scorer, and last year led the Spartans in steals and was second in total rebounds.
Bolognani studies athletic training at Castleton and plans on going to graduate school and a doctoral program to follow. In her four years on the basketball team, she learned how to handle the balancing act of school and sports and like a true guard, knows that time management is key to success on and off the court.
While Bolognani may have more wins than any other Spartan, she believes that this team was special, and built for success. “I think it was our depth this year,” said Bolognani. “We had a lot of versatility, and we had 14 good players who would go in and do what the team needed from them. Both our starting and backup five were great and whether a starter or freshman, everyone stepped up.”