Star guard looks to future beyond NU

Star guard looks to future beyond NU

Although an injury slowed women’s basketball guard Maralene Zwarich in her senior year, the career she put together will go down in Northeastern record books.

Zwarich ranks in the top 10 in eight NU career records, including being the fourth leading scorer in school history (1,463 points). She also ranks eighth all time in both rebounds (630) and three-pointers (58), plus sixth in scoring average (.403), field goals made (531) and free throw percentage (.734). Her 190 steals rank fifth in NU history and her 343 free throws made are good for fourth all time.

As a freshman, the Merriam, Kan. native appeared in all 28 games for the Huskies, averaging 9.3 points per game. She was twice named America East Rookie of the Week.

Over her sophomore and junior seasons, she appeared in all 59 games. She led the America East in scoring with 19.8 points per game in the 2004-05 season, and was named to the America East All-Conference First Team. Less than halfway through the season, Zwarich became the 12th all-time player, and fifth fastest, to reach the 1,000 career point mark, against Albany on Jan. 8.

Zwarich said her favorite game as a Husky was the team’s 68-64 victory over Holy Cross on Dec. 20, 2004.

“It was the first time we beat [Holy Cross] in school history,” she said. “It was so exciting, I even got a chest bump from coach Willette White in the locker room afterwards.”

Following her junior year, she had surgery on her left knee, forcing her to miss the first three games of the 2005-06 season.

“I came back a month and a half early, but it just nagged me all season,” Zwarich said.

She made her season debut in her home state, in the team’s 70-65 loss against Kansas Nov. 27. She scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the game.

“That ranks up there as one of the top games,” Zwarich said. “I had so many people at the game – my high school basketball and volleyball coaches, high school teachers and friends and family. I had a box of red Northeastern shirts that I gave out so we had our own cheering section.”

Zwarich is a psychology major who plans on getting her Master’s in elementary education and becoming a teacher.

“I want to travel first, but someday I want to be a teacher,” Zwarich said. “I have talked to people about playing basketball overseas, which I would like if it is right.”

She is sure about one thing for her future: she will not be a teacher in Boston or Kansas.

“I want to live somewhere warm, where the sun doesn’t stop shining,” she said.

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