On Feb. 19, 2011, in a basketball game against St. Peter’s, Siena Saint senior Serena Moore scored her 1,000th career point for the Siena Saints women’s team. When she did this, she achieved what only four other Siena women’s basketball players have done — scoring 1,000 points, grabbing 600 rebounds and blocking 100 shots! Serena got her 100th career block on Feb. 14, 2011, in a game against Rider.
At 6 feet, 2 inches, senior Serena Moore is a forward for the Siena Saints. She was born in 1989 in Rochester, N.Y., and went to Bishop Kearney High School. There, she averaged 24 points per game as a senior and scored over 1,000 career points. She won many awards for basketball and was the Private-Parochial Player of the Year as a junior and senior. She also played volleyball and softball.
At Siena, Serena has gone from coming off the bench in 26 games as a freshman to starting every game as a senior. As a sophomore, Serena scored a career-high 16 points against Harvard and against Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament quarterfinals. As a junior, Serena led the Saints in scoring and got seven double-doubles (points and rebounds both in double digits). She scored in double figures in 23 games and made 20 or more points in four games. Serena was named MAAC Player of the Week in February 2010 after scoring a career-high 27 points with nine rebounds against Niagara. Serena averaged 15.2 points and 8.7 rebounds during the 2010 MAAC Tournament. She was a second team All-MAAC selection.
As a senior, Serena was named to the MAAC first team. She was also named MAAC Co-Player of the Week in November 2010, and MAAC Player of the Week in February 2011. She was also nominated for MAAC Player of the Year. At many of their games, she was double- or triple-teamed and could score while having several people defending her. She was one of the few players on the team to have a double digit average. She scored 27 points against Fairfield University and 29 points against Loyola for a career high. She also had ten double-doubles this season. Serena also is a well-rounded player and can do whatever her team needs her to do.
On Feb. 27, 2011, Siena defeated Canisius 40-32 in the Senior Day game. This was the last regular season game of Serena’s college career. In it, she scored 21 points. Afterward, I had the privilege of interviewing her for this article. She told me that she is a computer science major and hopes to play basketball overseas after she graduates.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Serena this summer when I attended Siena College basketball camp and she worked as a coach. She played games with the campers and was very nice to everyone.
My family goes to many of the Siena Saints women’s basketball games. We have followed Serena’s career and will miss her when she graduates.
Claire Grande is a fifth-grader at The Academy of The Holy Names