Her three-point barrage forced the Cubs to increase their perimeter pressure on the junior standout, who finished the third with all 16 of the Eagles’ points. With the three-point line taken away, Sniezek attacked the basket at will to shoot 12-for-15 from the free-throw line. She finished the night with 43 points, but her team fell just short in a 62-55 loss to the Cubs.
Sniezek, the area’s leading scorer, has averaged 35.5 points over the last six games while dealing with a variety of defenses built to keep her off the scoreboard. ESPN lists her as the 17th-ranked point guard in the nation in the class of 2015.
“I think I’m just developing very well,” Sniezek said. “I wasn’t completely comfortable with threes but I’m taking what the defense gives me now. If they play tight I will drive, and if not I’ll take the three — they can’t really take away anything.”
Sniezek has knocked down 41 three-pointers this season compared to 33 shots from behind the arc last season. She’s averaging 31.3 points per game, a 1.8 point increase from a year ago.
Helping her scoring prowess has been the fact that she’s grown up playing against her six older, including St. Albans senior Matt Sniezek, who is scoring a team-high 17.2 points per game. She also has two sisters, and is the second-youngest of her eight siblings.
“He’s really helped me with being able to shoot with pressure,” Sniezek said of her 6-foot brother Matt’s 6-inch height advantage. “He’ll play defense on me and if I can get a shot on him I can get a shot off on any guard in the area.”
Sniezek received a dozen offers but told schools early on that she would prefer to attend a more prestigious academic school. She has whittled her list down to four schools: Stanford, Princeton, Harvard and Georgetown. She has visited all the schools and hopes to make a decision before the school year ends.
“Academics are first for me,” Sniezek said. ” Basketball is going to be huge part of life, but not the be-all and end-all.”