BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Former Gov. Livingston girls' basketball standouts Mallory George and Alyssa Polimeni have scored their 1000th career points this season at their respective colleges.
George, a junior forward who stars for Centenary College, was the first to top the milestone when she poured in 20 points in a rout of Summit University on January 13th. George scored all 20 points in the first half, notching her 1000th as she grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it back in.
Polimeni, a senior point guard who runs the show for Ursinus College, scored on a driving layup in the third quarter pushing her past the 1000 point mark in a solid win against Washington University on February 6th. Both women made an immediate impact as college freshman, having started virtually every game of their careers.
Mallory George has been a powerhouse since her first game at Centenary College. She has led the team in scoring and rebounding her first two years and again mid-way through her junior season. Opponents have now geared their defense to contain George’s scoring, but despite that she's still scoring at a 15.6 points per game.
George, who averaged 9.5 rebounds per game her first 2 years, has not let up on the boards this season, averaging a career high 11. 1 rebounds per game. She is leading the conference in field goal percentage shooting at .563 a clip. In her first three seasons as a Cyclone, she has posted amazingly consistent numbers averaging 15.5 ppg. and 9.5 rebounds per contest.
Next year George will be in striking distance of rewriting the Centenary College women's basketball record book. She could possibly become the Cyclones all-time leader in points, rebounds, and games played.
Senior point guard Polimeni has been a starter since her first game freshman year. She has averaged an incredible 34.5 minutes per game over her four year career. She will be the 14th player in Bear's history to top the 1000 point mark, having averaged 10.6 point per game over her career. When Polimeni plays her final game, this versatile player will have grabbed over 400 rebounds and handed out over 340 assists, good for second on the school's all-time list.
Her time as a Bear will be celebrated on February 20th when Ursinus hosts league leader Muhlenberg College. The Bears are currently fighting to secure their league playoff spot with three conference games to go.
From BH PAL youth basketball, to high school ball, and now through their collegiate careers, George and Polimeni have barely missed a practice let alone a game. Their great success in college can be traced back to their dedication coupled with supportive coaching throughout their youth and high school years.
Governor Livingston 2012 graduate, Alyssa Polimeni, a Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll student athlete, will be graduating this spring after completing her studies as a Health and Physiology major. She is the daughter of Vinny and Ann Polimeni of Berkeley Heights.
Governor Livingston 2013 graduate, Mallory George, will be completing her junior year, is the daughter of Bill and Carolyn George of Berkeley Heights.
Editors Note: While playing together at Gov. Livingston for 3 years Polimeni and George were the scoring leaders of the 2012 team, which arguably is the best girls' team in school history. Alyssa Polimeni masterfully ran the team, Mallory George and Erin Ferguson dominated the front court and Samantha Dowling provided the long range shooting for that squad. Those 4 all-county players combined with a strong supporting cast produced the school's first Union County Tournament championship on their way to a school best record of 26 -2. George and Ferguson then led the 2013 team to a second consecutive Union County Tournament championship finishing with a 23 - 5 record. Rounding out the remainder of the 2012 roster were starting forward Rebecca Johnson, Cat Smith, Bari Machado, Kristen Soranno, Alyssa Cranston, Marielle Jankowski, Chrissy Dilly ,and Patrice DiTomasso.