NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Very few people know what it means to play college basketball – let alone at the Division I level. Even fewer people will know what it means to be a part of a club symbolizing a stand-out accomplishment that will be remembered for years to come. Redshirt junior Victoria Rampado knows this feeling well
On Jan. 26 against Quinnipiac University, Rampado joined the 1,000 Point Club making her the 22nd woman to do so in the program’s history. As a vital anchor in their offensive scheme and a dominant defensive force, she continues to look forward this season.
“It’s been a goal but it’s not something I aspired to do,” said Rampado. “I’d rather win than get 1,000 points honestly.”
Rampado also spoke on her legacy and what the accomplishment means going forward.
“It’s a goal to leave a mark wherever you go in life,” she said. “I started with 1,000 points and I hope we can do it with winning a MAAC Championship.”
Rampado led the Purple Eagles in scoring during the 2014-15 campaign with 12.6 points per game and in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game. Rampado also led the team with a with .748 free throw percentage and 3-point field goal percentage with .381.
While she missed all but three games in the 2015-16 season due to injury, Rampado has picked up right where she left off. Currently Rampado leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game and again in rebounding with 7.9 per game.
“As a leader on the court I hope to be the best player I can be for my teammates,” she stated. Rampado also went on to say that she’s working on being a vocal leader in regards to her team’s success.
The women’s last two games resulted in a close loss against defending MAAC Champions Iona and a blowout win against Manhattan. As the team continues to improve, Rampado stated that the MAAC tournament is an opportunity for anything to happen.
“It’s gonna get scary for other teams at the end of the season,” said Rampado. “We’re capable of so much and things are finally starting to come together.”
Rampado went on to say that although any team could win the tournament this year, the Purple Eagles have a legitimate shot. The team continues it season against rival Canisius College this Friday, Feb. 10. Niagara’s last game against Canisius resulted in a 67-57 loss.