PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College women's basketball coach Bob Booher has announced that former All-Ohio guard Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls/Akron) will play for the Storm during the 2011-12 season.
"We're thrilled to add Cate to the Storm family," Booher said. "We expect her to contribute greatly to the team both on and off the court. She is a quick player on the defensive end who can disrupt the other team's offensive flow. On the other end of the court, she is a strong floor leader with excellent three-point range."
A two-time all-state honorable mention selection, Cianchetti was a member of the Stow state finalist team in 2007 along with current Storm forwards Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Allison Pavkov (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls). She averaged over 10 points and nearly four assists per game as a senior for the Bulldogs.
After high school Cianchetti played her freshman season at the University of Findlay where she averaged over eight points and two assists in 24 games during the 2007-08 season. She averaged 23.5 minutes per contest and shot just under 44 percent from the field, including 34% from three-point range.
"Cate has experience playing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and understanding how what playing in this league is like is huge," Booher added. "She brings a veteran presence to our team and we're very excited to have her."
Due to a serious family illness, Cianchetti chose to be closer to home and transferred to the University of Akron where she did not play basketball the past three seasons but the education major posted a 3.45 grade point average academically during that time.
"Initially I was fine with being 'done' with basketball, but I after a while I really started to miss the game and miss being out on the court," Cianchetti, who stayed in basketball shape by playing intramural hoops at Akron and participating in open gyms with her new Storm teammates, said.
When she decided she wanted to play again, her choice was relatively easy.
"I've been very close to this program because I've been friends with Alyssa for so long," she said. "I've been playing with them in the summer during open gyms in the area and visited on the weekends so when Alyssa said I should play my last year here, I said 'Yeah, Why not?'."
She also had developed a good relationship with Coach Booher and liked her experiences on campus.
"Coach Booher is great because he not only is concerned with on-the-court stuff, but because he cares so much about each of his players as people," Cianchetti said. "And the environment at Lake Erie is geared towards making every student successful. Dealing with the process of transferring credits and getting enrolled, I felt like I really mattered and that they were really excited to have me here. That experience, as well as the whole atmosphere of the school making you feel like an actual person and not just a number like at a big school, is really exciting for me."
Cianchetti is sure there will be a little bit of rust once practices start in the fall, having been away from the college game for three seasons. However, she's not letting that deter her from a return to the court.
"I'm a little anxious about starting the season and really being a part of the team, learning where I fit in and what my role will be," she said. "But it's so exciting and I can't wait for the season to start."
Cianchetti, who has one year of eligibility remaining, is the daughter of Michael and Teresa Cianchetti.