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Semion receives Sportsmanship Award

Graduate student Kayleigh Semion was the Penn State women’s basketball team’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the recently completed season.

The Dunmore graduate, who played in the JB Hoops AAU program, started out at Penn State as a club team player and varsity team manager. She earned a roster spot in the 2017-18 season, her junior year.

Semion is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection who is pursuing her master’s degree in management and organizational leadership.

The Sportsmanship Award is given to a student-athlete from each Big Ten school who has distinguished herself through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.

Semion appeared in 9 games this season for a total of 27 minutes in which she grabbed 5 rebounds and made a steal.

Penn State struggled through a season-ending, 15-game losing streak to complete its season with an 85-65 Big Ten Tournament loss to Minnesota March 4 in Indianapolis. The Lady Lions went 1-17 in the conference and 7-23 overall.

Semion’s college debut came during the 2018 Big Ten Tournament when she played in a first-round game against Illinois.

During the 2018-19 season, Semion got in nine games. She had 3 rebounds in 13 minutes during a game against St. Bonaventure.

The 5-foot-6 guard was a second-team, all-state selection as a senior at Dunmore, leading to her being recruited for other levels of college basketball.

Instead, Semion chose Penn State for academic reasons.

Semion had started all 116 games of her high school career. She finished her career as a Lady Buck with 1,323 points, 492 rebounds, 364 assists, 348 steals and 238 made 3-pointers.

 

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