2013-2014 Mass Prep Stars Public Basketball Player of the Year: Brianna Rudolph ‘14 St. Mary’s
St. Mary's (Lynn) guard Brianna Rudolph '14 may have saved her best basketball for the 2013-2014 MIAA playoffs as the senior guard helped lead St. Mary’s on an impressive MIAA Division 3 State Championship run that ended with the Lady Spartans hoisting the State Title trophy on the Mass Mutual Center court in Worcester, Mass.
The UMass-Lowell bound Rudolph, scored a game-high 26 points to help lead the Spartans to a 74-36 State Championship win over Hoosac Valley. The win capped off an impressive, season-ending seventeen-game winning streak for St. Mary's.
After losing to Archbishop Williams, 64-49, on Feb. 7th the Spartans would never lose again fior teh rest of teh season. In their 47-45, Division 3 state semifinal win over Archies Rudolph hit 13-of-30 shots from the field, scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to avenge their last loss.
Teaming up with fellow senior stars Sharrell Sanders (Caldwell) and Jennie Mucciarone (Tufts) the St. Mary's seniors ended their storied careers on top.
“The seniors came in from the start and we wanted to work hard and get into the best shape possible,” Rudolph told Mass Prep Stars. “Last season we fell short of our goal so that motivated us to work even harder. We (the seniors) were expected to lead the team since we had such a young team. I feel that from the start of our season we all put in hard work and as a result it paid off. “
The 2013-2014 season was also a memorable one individually for Rudolph.
“My senior year was a dream come true,” Rudolph said.
Along with their State Championship and 17-game wining streak, Rudolph also scored her 1,000th career point (see video clip from St. Mary's below) and also added the MVP of the 2013-14 KSA Classic Tournament to her resume.
Brianna Rudolph drives to the hoop in the State Championship Game - Credit - McClelland Miscellanea
“My high school career overall has been a learning experience,” Rudolph said. “Coming in freshman year I was grateful to be apart of an awesome team (2011 State Champs). Sophomore year I was unfortunately injured for most the season and was forced to watch from the bench but that in itself was a learning experience. I was also able to see the different dynamics of the game as well as how to act on and off the court.”
Last season Rudolph had her coming out party as she returned from her injury to set the St. Mary's record for points in a single season with 402. She averaged 16.8 points per game and was recognized as a Boston Herald All-Scholastic and Daily Item of Lynn Player of the Year.
“Junior year I came back and the season was great,” Rudolph said. “I played AAU for the Mass Thunder Cats and I was lucky to be recruited. I am looking forward to attending UMass Lowell in the fall of 2014.”
In a St. Mary's Press Release from Rudolph's committment to UMass Lowell this past summer the senior stated,
Playing at the top level of women's basketball has always been a goal of mine, but I was never really sure if that would happen," said Rudolph. "I am extremely grateful that Coach Behn and UMass Lowell have given me this opportunity."
UMass Lowell is a member of the Division 1 America East conference.
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