Batman and Robin might be the dynamic duo of superheroes, but on the Keuka College women’s basketball team, seniors Jessica Bandrowski and Danielle Gravel are the dynamic playmakers who have led the Storm to some of the highest heights this rich program has ever known.
In their four seasons playing for the Storm, Keuka has posted a 69-19 overall record (.784 winning percentage), including compiling a 55-8 mark (.873 winning percentage) in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
Keuka has captured two NEAC postseason championships and earned a pair of NCAA Division III tournament appearances in both the 2010-11 and 11-12 seasons, the first time the Storm have ever earned back-to-back trips to the NCAA tournament.
It’s only fitting, then, that Keuka’s dynamic duo joined an exclusive club together during their final season on campus.
Bandrowski and Gravel became the 11th and 12th women in school history to eclipse 1,000 career points, with Bandrowski accomplishing the feat during a 78-74 home loss to SUNYIT Dec. 7, and Gravel surpassing the century club during Wednesday night’s 72-56 road win over SUNY Cobleskill.
Bandrowski scored 19 points and added 6 assists and 5 steals, stuffing the stat sheet as she has done for most of her stellar career.
Bandrowski, a two-time, first-team All-NEAC guard, scored her 1,000th career point on a layup with 11:27 remaining in the opening half as the Storm took a 16-10 lead. A timeout was called on the floor and the fans stood up and applauded Bandrowski for eclipsing the milestone.
“It felt great to score my 1,000th point,” said Bandrowski, who currently ranks sixth all-time in school history for points (1,066) and is second in steals (250), third in made ‘3s’ (128) and fifth in assists (304).
“When I first got here, I didn’t think I’d get to this point, but I am happy that I did, and the fact that I’m not the only one to reach 1,000 points is great. I was glad I had my teammates and friends, everybody around to see it and celebrate this with me. For those few seconds, it was a great feeling and I got to cherish it.”
Gravel reached the milestone when she buried a ‘3’ with 14:48 remaining in the second half to put the Storm up 49-34. Gravel, a two-time first-team All-NEAC guard, scored seven of Keuka’s first 15 points as the Storm surged out to a 15-2 lead in the first four minutes and 20 seconds.
After Gravel surpassed the 1,000 point mark, the game was stopped, an announcement was read on the court and Gravel received a round of applause from the fans.
“It was very exciting to get to 1,000 points,” said Gravel, who ranks 11th in career points (1,000) and is second in made 3-pointers (157).
“I knew everyone expected me to hit a ‘3’ to get to 1,000 points and I was so excited when it went in. I was very nervous about the game, my family came to watch so that put more pressure on me to get there while they were watching. It’s been a lot of fun playing basketball for Keuka and that was definitely a great moment for me.”
With their personal milestones accomplished, both Gravel and Bandrowski are looking forward and are hoping to lead the Storm on another late-season run.
“Now we’re getting on the right track,” Gravel said. “This win (over Cobleskill) boosted our self-esteem and confidence, and hopefully this will help us win from here on out as we get ready for more NEAC competition. We’ve had some tough losses this year, but we all know how talented we are and there’s still a lot of the season left to play.”
“I just love the game and use my heart and hustle to do whatever I can to help this team win,” Bandrowski added. “We’ve built up such a great program during our time here. We have so much talent on this team, we’re all excited to see what we can do the rest of the season.”
The Storm return home to face Morrisville State at 3 p.m. Saturday. Keuka handed Morrisville State a 65-42 setback Nov. 26.
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