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Rider looks to expand Toomey connection

Ciera Toomey will not need to look far for input on the latest college basketball program trying to gain her attention.

Rider University, where Victoria Toomey, Ciera’s older sister, is entering her sophomore season, became the second school today to offer a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I scholarship to Ciera.

Ciera Toomey was the leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker this summer and fall for the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls team, which won a Hoop Group Showcase League championship in the first season for the AAU program out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton.

The 6-foot-3 sophomore earned third-team, Class 3A all-state honors last season at Dunmore.

Toomey received a scholarship offer from Villanova University earlier in the day and was offered a spot in the University of Pennsylvania program Tuesday. She had earlier offers from Penn State, Bucknell and St. John’s, all in the last 23 days.

Rider won its last nine games in 2019-20, finishing 18-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 26-4 overall. It was the top seed in the MAAC tournament and was in the semifinal round when the season was halted because of the coronavirus.

Victoria Toomey played in 23 of 30 games as a freshman, averaging 1.4 points and 0.9 rebounds.

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