|Title:||Class of 2013|
In basketball, point guards are generally known for one of three skills - passing, scoring, or defense. Allison Wing was outstanding at all three.
Not only does Wing repeatedly appear in the WPI Women’s Basketball career record book, but she was nationally ranked in her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons for assists. She finished as high as 12th with 5.7 per game in her second season, while climbing to 12th in steals in her final campaign.
“This is a well-deserved honor for a very special player and person,” remarks head coach Cherise Galasso. “I knew from the first minute I saw Alli compete, she would be sitting here one day. For me, as her coach, the thing I loved about Alli - not only was she our best player, but she was our hardest worker and toughest competitor. As a point guard, she could drop 30 points and 5 assists, and get 4 steals in a game, but the next day she was back in the gym trying to get better and working to make her teammates better.”
Wing averaged 5.0 helpers over her four-year career and led the Crimson and Gray in the category all four years. She also left the program as the eighth leading scorer in program history, with 1,171 points. Currently the Brewer, Maine, native sits 10th while holding the record for career steals with 306 - including 11 in a game in 2000-01 for the single-game mark. She remains in the top six in five other categories: career assists, assists in a season, average assists per game, points in a game, and steals in a season.
In addition to a pair of winning seasons, Wing helped the Engineers to a trio of winning NEWMAC campaigns and victories over Coast Guard and Babson in the conference tournament.
She paced the Engineers in scoring, assists, and steals in her inaugural campaign and followed it up by finishing her sophomore season first in assists, second in steals, and third in scoring - and garnered All-NEWMAC laurels.
Wing’s junior year yielded a spot on the WPI Holiday Invitational All-Tournament team and the #22 NCAA ranking with 5.3 assists per game. The 2003-04 All-NEWMAC first team member repeated as an All-Tournament team honoree and added an ECAC Player of the Week selection to her resume as she ranked 14th in assists per game and 12th in steals per game in her final season.
“Alli and I came to WPI in the same year and I think that helped create the strong bond we formed,” continues Galasso. “We both brought that same desire to win and we built that culture together. She made it okay for her teammates to want to win. When they saw her playing with such passion every day, they knew anything was possible with her on our side.”
Since graduation, Allison has pursued her love for the outdoors. She currently spends her summers in northern Maine managing a rafting company on the Penobscot River. During the winter she lives and works at Sunday River, a ski resort in western Maine, as a ski patroller. She spends her free time backcountry skiing, rafting across the country, and skydiving.
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