Recruit Chong to play in WBCA All-America Game

By Carl Adamec

If the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team makes a record sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Final Four in April, its lone recruit for next season will be there to see it in action.

Saniya Chong, a 5-foot-9 guard from Ossining, N.Y., was selected Tuesday to play in the WBCA High School All-America Game that will be held Saturday, April 6, at New Orleans Arena. She was among 20 players from across the country chosen.

Six current Huskies — junior Bria Hartley, sophomores Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kiah Stokes, and the freshman class of Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart, and Morgan Tuck — were chosen to play in the WBCA game as high school seniors.

Chong is averaging 35.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 9.6 assists, and 1.9 blocked shots per game for Ossining (12-4), according to maxpreps.com. According to the lohud.com blog, she is 38 points away from matching the 26-year-old New York Section 1 scoring record of 2,662 points held by Karen O’Connor.

Ossining has two regular season games remaining — against Blind Brook on Wednesday and against Irvington Friday — before heading into postseason play. Earlier this season, Chong broke the Westchester/Putnam scoring mark.

Last month, Chong was nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game.