College of Staten Island women’s basketball star and reigning CUNYAC Player of the Year Christina Pasaturo is making an exciting entry into the 2017-18, earning her first laurels of the year from as one of its Preseason All-America Honorable Mentions.  Pasaturo was one of 25 players cited by the organization from all across the country and was the CUNYAC’s lone representative.

Coming off of a monster junior season that saw her break the school’s all-time single season and three-point scoring record, Pasaturo led the Dolphins to their first conference title in 12 years, averaging a robust 21.7 points per game to go with 126 assists and 213 rebounds.  Pasaturo shot just under 40% from beyond the arc, connecting on a school single-season high 109 three’s in her junior season.  With 1,573 career points, Pasaturo sits just 42 points shy of the school’s all-time point scoring record, and needs just 12 more three-pointers to tie the all-time career record for that as well (250).

“I feel extremely honored to be even considered in the All-America conversation,” Pasaturo said.  “An honor like this was never a remote thought in my head when I started my collegiate career, so be recognized on this level is surreal.”

Pasaturo is one of five Honorable Mentions cited by, sitting side-by-side with four All-America teams that were announced yesterday.  She is one of only 13 guards recognized across the five platforms.  Thomas More’s Abby Owings, Wartburg’s Katie Sommer, Elmhurt’s Mikaela Eppard, Tufts’ Melissa Baptista and Rochester’s Alexandra Leslie were all named to the All-America first-team.

“I am beyond grateful to Coach Shanahan for putting me in a position and giving me the tools to make any of this possible,” she said.

Perhaps more than the awards and citations, Pasaturo’s greatest accomplishment came in late February, when she helped score the Dolphins their first CUNYAC Championship since 2005 with a win over Brooklyn College in the Final, helping the Dolphins clinch an appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.  For her efforts, Pasaturo earned a WBCA All-America Honorable Mention, and was named the CUNYAC and the ECAC Metro NY/NJ Player of the Year.

The Dolphins will officially ring in their 2017-18 season on November 15, when they travel to take on St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn.