NOTES: Selected to the 2008-09 America East Preseason All-Conference Team… Ranks second all-time at UMBC with a .784 career free throw percentage, fifth with a .326 career 3-point field goal percentage and seventh with 98 career 3-pointers… Will serve as team co-captain this season.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2007-08): Earned America East All-Conference First Team honors, the first Retriever ever to do so… Also became the first Retriever ever to garner America East All-Academic Team recognition... Led the America East in scoring with 17.0 points per game, which ranked 60th in the nation… Also the eighth-best mark in UMBC history and the best since 2002-03, as well as the second-best among all-time Retriever sophomores… Became just the ninth Retriever in UMBC’s Division I history to reach the career 500-point plateau as a sophomore… Averaged 17.3 points against America East opponents, second-best in the league… Led the America East and ranked 51st in the NCAA with 2.39 three-pointers per game… Broke UMBC’s sophomore record with 67 three-pointers, the Retrievers’ sixth-best single-season total all-time… Hit at least one triple in all but four games with multiple in 19 contests… Ranked 11th in the conference with a .328 three-point field goal percentage (67-for-204)… Became the 13th player in UMBC history to score 400 points in a single season and just the third sophomore to reach the milestone… Her 477 points are the most ever by a Retriever sophomore and the fifth-best single-season total of all-time… Also ranks second among all-time UMBC sophomores with 155 field goals… Her .781 free throw percentage is the seventh-best single-season mark in school history and ranked eighth in the conference… Made 100 free throws on the season, a UMBC sophomore record and the sixth-most in school history… Connected on 20 of her first 21 foul shots… Played a team-high 34.14 minutes per game, the third-most in the America East… Scored in double figures 25 times and led the Retrievers in scoring 17 times… Posted three of UMBC’s top five scoring performances of the season… Averaged 19.6 ppg during her season-best 13-game double-figure scoring streak (Dec. 3-Feb. 2) and ended the season on a seven-game double-digit streak (16.0 ppg)… Averaged 20.0 ppg and shot 48.6 percent from the floor and 41.9 percent (18-for-43) from 3-point range in six games in December and earned honorable mention for WBCA Player of the Month accolades… Named America East Player of the Week for Week 1 after averaging 18.0 ppg and shooting 43.5 percent in the first two games of the season… Won the award again for Week 5 after averaging 19.0 ppg and shooting 46.5 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from long distance against Loyola, Navy and Northern Iowa… Became just the third Retriever to win two America East weekly awards in a season… Named America East Player of the Week for a third time in Week 8 after averaging 22.5 ppg and shooting 48.6 percent from the floor (17-for-35) and 42.1 percent from 3-point range (8-for-19) in two games at the Terrapin Classic… Became the first Retriever ever to win America East Player of the Week more than twice in a season… Also was named to the Terrapin Classic All-Tournament Team… Posted eight 20-point performances on the season, including four in a five-game span… Named America East Player of the Game six times (Nov. 9 vs. George Washington, Dec. 9 vs. Northern Iowa, Jan. 5 at Maine, Jan. 12 vs. Stony Brook, Feb. 2 vs. New Hampshire, Feb. 9 vs. Maine)… Scored a then-career-high 24 points and grabbed six rebounds in the season opener against George Washington (Nov. 9)… Was a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line against the Colonials, the best perfect game by a Retriever in nearly two years and the second-best performance in the America East on the season… Scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Coppin State (Nov. 14)… Scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and tied her career high with four helpers at Loyola (Dec. 3)… Scored a then-career-best 25 points against Northern Iowa (Dec. 9), draining a career-high five 3-pointers and tying a personal best with eight field goals… Her .615 shooting percentage (8-for-13) against the Panthers was a season best… Scored 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting and pulled down a career-best eight rebounds while adding three steals at Towson (Dec. 19)… Scored 21 points against Richmond (Dec. 28), 24 at Maryland (Dec. 30) and a career-high 27 at Maine (Jan. 5) in consecutive games… Connected on nine of 15 field goal attempts against the Terps and a career-best 10 of 23 against the Black Bears… Also tied her career high with five triples in both games… Scored 17 points at Boston University (Jan. 30), all in the first half… Scored her 500th career point by equaling her career best with 27 points against Maine (Feb. 9)… Also dished out a then-career-high six assists against the Black Bears… Combined with Chantay Frazier to score 35 of UMBC’s 38 second-half points at Stony Brook (Feb. 13) and finished with 18 in the game… Dished out a career-high seven assists to go along with 18 points at Binghamton (Feb. 16)… The seven helpers were the most by a Retriever on the season… Tallied a career-high five steals at New Hampshire (Feb. 23), the top mark by a Retriever on the season… Scored 18 points in the America East quarterfinal match against Boston U., reaching the career 600-point milestone with a 3-pointer in the first half… Played in 28 games on the season and made 27 starts… Ranked second on the team with 35 steals and third with 57 assists… Played all 40 minutes on six occasions… Raised her career scoring average by 5.9 ppg, from 4.5 to 10.4... Was recognized on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A FRESHMAN (2006-07): Named to the America East All-Tournament Team after scoring a team-best 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range, in the title game against Hartford… The four triples tied a career high… Drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game and give the Retrievers the lead for good late in the first half… Scored 50 of her 121 regular-season points (41.3 percent) in three games (Coppin State, NJIT, New Hampshire)… Ranks fourth all-time among UMBC freshmen with 31 3-pointers and 97 attempts… Played in 31 games on the season with one start… Missed the two games at the Battle at the Border Tournament (Dec. 28-29) due to an illness… Came in off the bench to play seven minutes in the season opener against George Washington (Nov. 10) for her first career action, but did not record any statistics… Scored 17 points in 28 minutes off the bench in the home opener against Coppin State (Nov. 14), shooting 6-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-5 from long distance, and was 2-for-2 from the free throw line… Ten of her 17 points came in the first half as she led the Retrievers on a 13-4 run to take the lead… Recorded her first career block against Towson (Nov. 17)… Made a career-best seven (of 14) field goals and came one short of her career high with 16 points in 25 minutes against NJIT (Nov. 26)… Earned her first career start at Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 2) but played only 10 minutes and did not score… Recorded a career-high two steals against the Knights… Tied a career high with 17 points on a career-best 4-for-8 from 3-point range and 3-for-3 from the free throw line at New Hampshire (Jan. 20)… Also hit a reverse lay-up with 30 seconds left to seal the 59-56 victory… Scored 12 points on four (of 10) 3-pointers at Binghamton (Feb. 14)… Averaged 4.5 ppg and 1.3 rpg on the season… Shot 30.6 percent (49-for-160) from the floor and 32 percent (31-for-97) from 3-point range… Ranked third on the team with 31 triples… Shot 81.8 percent (9-for-11) from the free throw line… Grabbed a career-high three rebounds against NJIT, at New Hampshire and versus Hartford in the America East finals.
HIGH SCHOOL: Had a stellar conclusion to her outstanding career at Westhill High School, averaging 24.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 5.3 apg and 3.2 spg as a senior… Scored 2,124 points in her career to become the all-time leading scorer for New York State Section III (Central New York)… Also ranks in the top 100 all-time in New York state history… An All-New York State Class B and All-Central New York State first team selection as a junior and senior… Named Liberty National Conference Player of the Year her final three seasons… Recorded 234 career 3-point baskets, setting her league and high school’s all-time record… Started on the junior varsity team as a seventh grader and the varsity squad during her eighth grade season… Led the Warriors to the state tournament as a freshman… Tallied a career-high 33 points with eight 3-point baskets against a league rival in 2005… A four-year honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society… Served as editor of the yearbook.
PERSONAL: The youngest of three children to Chuck and Peggy Cassidy… Father played college (Mansfield State) and semi-pro football… Has two older brothers, Chuck and Patrick… Chuck played basketball at Division-III Cazenovia College and Patrick plays rugby at LeMoyne College… Chose UMBC over America East rivals New Hampshire, Binghamton, Vermont and Maine, as well as Siena, Manhattan and LaSalle… Born May 31, 1988… A sociology and communications major.