Women-In-Sports Wednesday: Two-time #NECWBB Champion Chasing Another Title in Portugal

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Callan Taylor (above in the red jersey) handles the ball during a 2009 NCAA Tournament game at Ohio State. The former Sacred Heart star has continued her playing career overseas.

 

Callan Taylor earned her fair share of accolades during her days in the Northeast Conference.

Nearly four years removed from graduation, the former Sacred Heart star continues to collect honors while competing in the professional ranks.

Currently living in Portugal, Taylor has established herself as one of the top players in the country’s Liga Feminina. The 2012 #NECWBB Player of the Year currently (as of Feb. 10) ranks amongst the top-four Liga Feminina leaders in both scoring (3rd – 19.9 ppg) and rebounding (4th – 11.3 rpg).

One of two American-born players on her club’s roster, Taylor is the top scorer and rebounder for Lisboa Benfica.

She put forth a phenomenal performance in late January. Recording a monster double-double, Taylor scored 24 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in Benfica’s 76-67 victory over Sporting. The effort landed Taylor the Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award (Round 14 – Jan. 26).

Sacred Heart fans became accustomed to such performances during Taylor’s time in Fairfield. The 6-foot-1 small forward graduated in 2012 following a collegiate career that yielded 1,822 points and 1,123 rebounds. She collected 53 double-doubles during her four years, a mark that was the highest in NEC history at the time of Taylor’s graduation.

Taylor’s career point total currently ranks 11th all-time in #NECWBB annals while her rebounding mark is the league’s sixth best ever.

Adding to all of the individual statistics and achievements that Taylor piled up with the Pioneers is the fact that her collegiate career began and ended with a conference championship.

A rookie role player at the time, Taylor burst onto the scene during the 2009 NEC Tournament. She posted back-to-back double-doubles during Sacred Heart’s triumphant run through the three-round postseason event. Taylor tallied a near triple-double (14 pts., 13 reb., 8 assists) during SHU’s semifinal round victory over Monmouth.

FLASHBACK to 2009: Sacred Heart Pioneers win the Northeast Conference Championship, beating Saint Francis U, 74-66 . Callan Taylor (above far right) was an All-Tournament Team selection as a freshman.

FLASHBACK to 2009: Sacred Heart Pioneers win the Northeast Conference Championship, beating Saint Francis U, 74-66 . Callan Taylor (above far right) was an All-Tournament Team selection as a freshman.

Three years later, Taylor was the senior leader and the Pioneers returned to the top of the Northeast Conference by bouncing Monmouth, 58-48, in the 2012 title tilt. A smothering defensive effort was the main storyline, but Taylor, who finished with one of her more modest stat lines (7 pts., 8 reb.), provided a spark in the offensive end by hitting a tie-breaking three-pointer to quell a Monmouth run midway through the second half. Click here to read the Associated Press game story from March 11, 2012.

 

As for Taylor’s current professional team, Benfica owns a 9-6 record and stands fifth in the 12-team Liga Feminina STANDINGS.

Benfica's Team Page on Eurobasket.com

Benfica’s Team Page on Eurobasket.com

Prior to landing in Portugal, Taylor played professionally in Finland (Turun Riento), Spain (Club Baloncesto Al-Qazeres) and Australia (Woodville District Basketball Club).

The most-recent stop prior to Portugal was Adelaide, Australia where she served as a player/coach for Woodville District Basketball Club. While competing for Woodville during Spring 2015, Taylor emerged as the league’s leading scorer and spearheaded the club’s breakthrough campaign. Read more about it here – US-import Callan Taylor leading Woodville Basketball Club’s charge into first finals series in 16 years.

Callan Taylor poses for a photo while living in Australia.

Callan Taylor poses for a photo while living in Australia.

One thought on “Women-In-Sports Wednesday: Two-time #NECWBB Champion Chasing Another Title in Portugal

  1. What a great post featuring Callan. She has been selected as an All-Pro in all four leagues she has played in – including Player of the Year in the 2015 Australian Premiere League; and placing team above individual honors (as she has always done), she has led all four teams she has played for to their league’s playoffs as the leading scorer and rebounder for each of her four teams. Thank you to the NEC for your coverage and remembering your League’s athletes as they represent the Conference and their universities around the world

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