Statistically speaking, there is no better rebounder in the history of the Northeast Conference than Artemis Spanou.
Robert Morris’ senior forward set the league’s all-time career rebounding record during a double-digit victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Jan. 13.
Treating the home crowd at the Sewall Center to another monster double-double performance, Spanou pulled down her 20th, and final, rebound of the night to pass former WNBA Draft pick Jess Zinobile, a member of the NEC Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Class, for first place in league annals.
Spanou, who totaled 14 points and 20 rebounds during the 66-51 win, has 1,296 career rebounds. The Greek-born forward and Zinobile (1,295) are the lone two women in NEC history to reach the 1,200-carom mark.
“Rebounding is all about hard work, and hard work is what defines Artemis,” said RMU head coach Sal Buscaglia after Spanou set the NEC record.
Only Zinobile is standing in the way of Spanou and another all-time NEC record. Robert Morris’ power forward tallied the 71st double-double performance of her career during Monday night’s triumph over FDU. Considering the fact that Spanou has reached double-double territory in 22 consecutive conference contests, it seems inevitable that she will pass Zinobile (72) and move into first place on the all-time league list.
Since bursting onto the collegiate hoops scene and winning the 2010-11 NEC Rookie of the Year award, Spanou has put together one of the most-decorated careers in the history of the league.
“It’s more than just her ability [that makes her successful],” said Buscaglia.”It’s her love for the game.”
The three-time all-NEC selection averaged a double-double during her sophomore and junior seasons and is on pace to do so again as a senior. Spanou, who captured the 2012-13 NCAA Division I statistical rebounding title, is threatening to become only the third player in NEC history to accumulate 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
She has succeeded on the international stage as well.
Representing Team Greece, Spanou earned a spot on the U20 FIBA European Championship All-Tournament Team this past summer. In 2012, the 6-foot-2 forward helped Greece to the FIBA European U20 B Division championship and captured tournament MVP honors in the process.
Despite all she has accomplished, Spanou is still missing something.
“I really want that ring,” she said while making an appearance on the weekly Geico #NECWBB Google+ Hangout.
The results from the NEC coaches’ preseason poll suggests Spanou will finally acquire that elusive conference crown.
“We’ve been close with our teams, but never got there,” said RMU’s all-tiem leading scorer and rebounder.
The Colonials advanced to the NEC Tournament semifinal round during Spanou’s freshman and sophomore seasons.
“This is my last year,” the senior acknowledged. “This team is my everything right now and I really believe in them.”
THE SPANOU FILE
– 1,749 points, 11th in NEC History
– 1,296 Rebounds, All-time NEC Record
– 71 career double-doubles, 2nd in NEC History
– 2012-13 NCAA Individual Statistical Rebounding Champion (15.6 rpg)
– Three-time All-NEC selection
GEICO #NECWBB Google+ Hangout – Episode 2
A Conversation with RMU’s Artemis Spanou