Point Park women's basketball gets DI transfer Schartner from NJIT
July 14, 2011
Photo courtesy NJIT sports information.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University women's basketball head coach Tony Grenek has announced that Emily Schartner has transferred to the school from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, an NCAA Division I program.
Schartner, a 5-10 guard from Finleyville, Pa., and Ringgold High School, will join the Pioneers as a junior for the upcoming 2011-12 season. She spent the last two years at NJIT, where she played in 55 games and started eight times.
"Getting a student-athlete of the caliber of Emily Schartner is a feather in the cap of our women's basketball program and our University," said first-year Point Park head coach Tony Grenek. "Athletically, she has Division I playing experience, and she is capable of playing any position on the floor. She works hard, loves the game and she is able to press and defend.
"Academically, she's fantastic. She had a 4.0 all through high school and had a very high college GPA at a premiere academic institution while playing a Division I sport. I expect great things from her."
Schartner, who will study biology at Point Park, had a 3.84 GPA at NJIT. She had a perfect 4.0 in high school to be named a valedictorian for the Ringgold High School Class of 2009.
At NJIT, Schartner played 17.0 minutes per game as a sophomore in 2010-11.She averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Schartner shot 34 percent (17 for 50) from 3-point range and shot 82 percent from the foul line. As a freshman in 2009-10, she saw action in 29 games with four starts and 7.8 minutes per game.
Schartner was a four-year starter at Ringgold, where she is the third all-time leading scorer with 1,270 career points. She averaged 17.5 points per game as a senior. Schartner was named All-District First Team by the Washington Observer-Reporter her final two seasons.
"Emily is coming from a program whose philosphy was to penetrate and kick the ball to the perimeter," said Grenek, who was hired May 5. "Her best attribute is her mid-range shooting. She also has the ability to post up a guard if necessary. Those skills will fit our offensive system well here at Point Park."
Before coming to Point Park this spring, Grenek was the top assistant coach for the Seton Hill University women's basketball team the last five years. He helped the Griffins to the NCAA Division II national tournament in 2009-10 and worked under head coach Ferne Labati, a prominent figure in women's college basketball.
With the addition of Schartner, Point Park will have two NCAA Division I transfers on its roster for the third year in a row. The Pioneers had guards April Austin (Dayton) and Ashley Henderson (Pitt) on the team the past two seasons. Although Henderson has graduated, Austin will be back for her junior campaign this year.