#42 Samantha ConnerSenior CenterHeight: 5'11"
Hometown: Everett, Pa. High School: Everett
Major: Elementary Education
As a Lady Cat 2004-05 marked the second straight season Samantha started every Lady Cat game. In her career, Samantha has played in 81 of the 83 Pitt Johnstown games. She finished last season as the Lady Cats’ second leading scorer (13.4 ppg.) and rebounder (6.2 rpg.) Her 84.9% (90-106) shooting from the free-throw line led the team and ranked 24th in NCAA Division II, while her 55.5% (136-245) shooting from the field ranked 25th in the country. Samantha also ended her junior season third on the team in blocked shots (14), fourth in assists and fifth in steals (36). Samantha led or tied for the team lead in scoring five times and rebounding nine times during the 2004-05 season. In 27 games-played, Samantha scored in double figures 22 times. She also collected a double-double against Saint Vincent College on Nov. 19, 2004 when she scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to help the Lady Cats earn a win in the opening round of the IUP Classic. In three seasons at Pitt Johnstown, Samantha has recorded career-highs of 23 points on two occasions. On January 21, 2004 she scored 23 points against Bloomsburg University, before tying that mark with 23 points against Bloomsburg on Feb. 19, 2005. Along with a career-high 23 points, Samantha also eclipsed the 20-point mark with 21 points against Concord (WV) University on Jan. 15, 2005. Along with establishing her career-high in rebounds during the 2004-05 season, Samantha also pulled down nine rebounds in back-to-back games at the Pitt Johnstown Mountain Cat Tournament on Dec. 28-29 and eight rebounds five other times. Her efforts at the Mountain Cat Tournament earned her a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Samantha enters the 2005-06 season with 779 career points and 367 career rebounds. With 221 points, Samantha will become the 28th Lady Cat 1,000-point scorer. She will also finish her career ranked among the top rebounders in Lady Cat history. Through her first three seasons at Pitt Johnstown, Samantha has averaged 9.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. She has shot 57.1% (295-517) from the field and 87.1% (189-217). Coach Gault will rely on Samantha to be a team leader at both ends of the court during her senior season. She is a very talented player who understands the game. She can play the low post, or step out and hit a jump shot. Samantha is the daughter of Mike and Sue Conner.
At Everett High School Samantha finished her career as Everett High School’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,626 points. She eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau on January 21, 2001. Conner also pulled down 991 career rebounds, blocked 188 shots, dished out 262 assists and made 225 steals on her way to leading her school to District 5 championships in 2000 and 2001 and a runner-up finish in 2002. Conner scored 500 points and had 338 rebounds during her senior season. She earned the school’s Outstanding Senior Award in both basketball and volleyball. She was a three-time Bedford County First Team All-Star, a two-time Sideling Hill First Team All-Star and a Summit Quest All-Star in 2002. Conner was named Second Team Altoona Mirror as a senior, Third Team as junior and Honorable Mention as a sophomoreConner was also a three-time Lewistown Christmas Tournament All-Tournament Team selection and the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as a freshman. As a sophomore, she was named a Notre Dame Basketball Camp MVP All-Star. In eighth grade, her team won the Bronze Medal at the National Invitational AAU Basketball Tournament at Disney World in Orlando, FL. On the volleyball court, she helped lead her team the PIAA Elite Eight in 2001 and 2002.Conner was a two-year member of the National Honor Society and a two-year Class Vice-President. She was coached by her mother, Sue Conner, at Everett High School.