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June 19, 2014

Retirement allows Kelly Mazzante to appreciate records

SHAMOKIN - At 32, and retired from professional basketball, Montoursville’s Kelly Mazzante is able to appreciate her mind-boggling accomplishments.

Despite the great players who have followed her at Penn State, and throughout the Big 10 Conference, Mazzante’s records remain intact.

She is still the career scoring leader (men and women) at Penn State as well as the Big 10, with 2,919 points and the leader in 3-pointers (357). She also leads in several other offensive categories, and scored more than 3,000 points for the Warriors.

Her highlight for the Nittany Lions came in her sophomore season versus Minnesota, when she scored 49 points with nine 3-pointers.

Mazzante also has two WNBA championship rings with the Phoenix Mercury.

“I honestly told myself I would not look at records until I retired,” she said during an interview Tuesday at Lourdes Regional High School, where she was speaking at the school’s youth basketball camp.

“So I’m retired now and kind of looking back. I am really lucky. I had great teammates, great coaches and I picked the right college,” she said. “I was not injury-prone and now that I am older and a little bit wiser, I look back and I’m glad my career went the way it did.”

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