Cassie Ksiazek is preparing to make her college debut Friday afternoon when East Stroudsburg University opens its women’s basketball season against Frostburg State at 1 p.m. in the Shippensburg Tournament.
The JB Hoops alum and Abington Heights graduate sat out all of last season following her second reconstructive surgery on her left knee.
Ksiazek had also missed her junior year in high school after her first torn anterior cruciate ligament. Following the reinjury and torn meniscus, a graft from the patella tendon in her right knee was used for the second surgery, meaning Ksiazek had to rehab both knees in preparation for this season.
The 6-foot redshirt freshman forward/center has progressed well since the second injury. She started in one preseason scrimmage and was first off the bench in the other.
Friday’s game will also be the first at East Stroudsburg for new coach Stephanie Del Preore.
The Warriors, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II team, return five starters from a team that went 9-11 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division and 12-16 overall.
East Stroudsburg was picked to finish sixth in the nine-team division in a preseason coaches poll.
Ksiazek was a first-team Lackawanna League Division 1 all-star as a senior when she was captain of the District 2 Class 5A champion Lady Comets.