Bridgette Mann has made a big impact in her first two seasons with one of the most successful programs in the country in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III women’s basketball.
Mann, a Wallenpaupack High School and JB Hoops graduate, has started all 61 games, 56 of which were wins, in two seasons with the University of Scranton.
Scranton reached the top five nationally both seasons and took an unbeaten record into the Elite Eight in Mann’s freshman season. The Lady Royals returned to the Sweet 16 in 2016-17 with a big boost from Mann.
Mann was struggling through an 0-for-10 shooting night from long distance when she launched the winning 3-pointer in the final second of the NCAA Tournament opener, completing a fourth-quarter comeback from 10 down and lifting Scranton to a 49-48 victory over the University of New England. She then led the Lady Royals in scoring in the remaining two tournament games.
The 5-foot-6 guard was named Landmark Conference and D3Hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year, then earned second-team Landmark honors as a sophomore. Mann was second on the team in both points (13.6) and assists (3.5) per game in the 2016-17 season.
Mann, a pre-dental student, coached a Lady Storm seventh-and-eighth grade team at Backcourt Hoops this spring and continued her commitment to coaching a camp of young players at Wallenpaupack in the summer.