BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Skylar Dowling, a senior basketball player at Gov. Livingston, on Tuesday signed her letter of intent to attend Misericordia University in Pennsylvania, where she will continue her athletic career.
Dowling, a 5-foot-4 point guard, averaged 14 points per game as a junior, when she sank 69 3-pointers in 27 games. A starter since her freshman season, Dowling will enter her senior season (which begins Dec. 20) with 1,007 career points.
Dowling intends to study physical therapy in college. She has been accepted into Misericordia's 6-1/2 year DPT (doctorate of physical therapy) program.
"I loved the campus, and Misericoedia has a PT program with a doctorate, and I want to be a physical therapist," Dowling said. "I loved the campus, and when I visited, I stayed with the team and I really liked all the coaches."
Gov. Livingston head coach Chris Eckert said that, even though Dowling already exceeded the 1,000-point milestone before her senior season, she has continued to make it her mission to improve.
"Skylar understands what it takes to get better," Eckert said. "She made improving her defense a priority in the off-season. She said, 'I want to get better at the defensive end'. Offensively, she's always been able to score, but now she is getting physically stronger. She has a good knack for the '3' ball and can create her shot off the dribble. She's able to blow by her defender and then kick out or get to the rim, which makes her tougher to cover."
A member of the Math Honor Society and the GL Athletic Honor Society, Dowling was accompanied by family, friends, teammates and Gov. Livingston coaches Eckert and Gov. Livingston girls lacrosse coach Chloe Griffin. Dowling is a starter on the GL girls lacrosse team in the spring. In fact, in lacrosse, Dowling currently has 97 career goals and more than 100 career assists. She holds the school record for most assists in a lacrosse season.
"I owe this to all the help I've gotten from all of my coaches, my parents and my teammates," Dowling said.
"We, as a staff, are very proud of Skylar," Eckert said.