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Five First-Years Set to Join Women’s Basketball for 2013-14 Season

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 07/18/2013
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NEW YORK – Head women’s basketball coach Stephanie Glance has announced the addition of five newcomers to the 2013 roster. The class of 2017 features two local New York City area student-athletes, as well as women from Massachusetts, Virginia and California.

Joining the Lions this year well be:

Carolyn Binder – Rye Country Day School – Scarsdale, N.Y.

Carolyn Gallagher – Archbishop Malloy High School – New York, N.Y.

Tori Oliver – St. John’s College High School – Manassas, Va.

Devon Roeper – The Bishop’s School – San Diego, Calif.

Ara Talkov – Swampscott High School – Swampscott, Mass.

Carolyn Binder – Guard – 5’ 9”
The most prolific scorer in Rye Country Day School history, Binder will make the short journey from Scarsdale, N.Y. to Morningside Heights this fall. A five-year letterwinner and three-time captain, Binder graduated Rye Country with 2,034 points, the most of any basketball player, male or female, in school history. Not just a great scorer, she also set the Rye Country assist record with 736 in her career.

The first eighth grader to make the varsity squad, Binder went on to be selected to the NY/CT Fairchester Athletic Association All-Conference first team four times, as well as the All-New York State and All-New England team three times. Binder also has a championship pedigree, as Rye Country won the NY State Private High School Championship twice (2009, 2010) during her career.

As a senior, she was one of four New York players to be selected as a finalist for the McDonald’s All-America team. In addition, Binder was recognized as a finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award for New York. MSG Varsity also recognized Binder as one of its Top-10 players in 2013 after she averaged 23.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Binder, who plans to major in economics, was selected to the to the BCANY New York State All-Academic Team three times. In 2012, she was named a finalist for the New York Knicks Dave DeBusschere Award, which recognizes outstanding student-athletes that excel in basketball, academics and civic achievements.

Carolyn Gallagher – Forward – 5’ 10”
An Upper West Side native, Gallagher will have to travel just under 45 blocks to join the Lions this fall. A graduate of Archbishop Molloy in Briarwood Queens, N.Y., Gallagher was a three-year member of the varsity basketball team.

After serving as the captain of the junior varsity squad as a freshman, Gallagher joined the varsity team the next season. Continuing her leadership role, she was named captain of the varsity team as a junior and senior. The 1,000-point scorer averaged 19 points per game as a junior and 20 as a senior, earning her a spot on the ESPN All-NYC and New York Post All-City teams both years.

As a student, Gallagher earned was named to the Principal’s List as a freshman and garnered the Student-Athlete Award as a junior. She is undecided on her major, but has an interest in math and English.

Tori Oliver – Forward – 6’ 0”
For the second consecutive year, the Lions will add a player from the state of Virginia. Oliver was a four-year member of the varsity basketball team, while also competing on the soccer and track teams for one year. In total, she earned five varsity letters while attending St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C.

As captain during her senior campaign, Oliver led St. John’s to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) championship and earned all-conference first team accolades. Averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game that season, she was also selected to the All-Met second team.

The 2013 WCAC title was the second of Oliver’s career at St. John’s. She was an honorable mention WCAC player on St. John’s 2011 title team. As a junior, she was named to the All-WCAC second team.

A member of the National Honor Society, Oliver received the President’s Award in 2010, while also being recognized at St. John’s with the Achievement with Distinction honor her first two years of high school and the Achievement with Honor award her final two years.

Devon Roeper – Forward – 6’ 3”
Making the cross-country trek from San Diego, Calif. to New York City is Roeper, a two-sport athlete at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, Calif., Roeper earned four varsity letters as a member of the women’s basketball team and three with the lacrosse squad.

Roeper graduated The Bishop’s School as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Over the course of her career, she racked up 1,542 points and 1,167 rebounds after averaging over 17.5 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior and senior. Her exceptional play led to a McDonald’s High School All-America team nomination and a spot on the All-California All-Star team as a senior. In each of her last two years at The Bishop’s School she was named to the All-CIF San Diego County first team, as well as being recognized with the CIF San Diego County Sportsmanship Award. As a junior she earned a spot on the All-California third team.

The captain of both teams as a senior, Roeper helped The Bishop’s School win the Coastal League Lacrosse Championship in 2013 and reach the CIF Basketball Championship game four consecutive years.

Roeper also excelled in the classroom, garnering a spot on the CIF San Diego County All-Academic team in 2012 and 2013, captaining the team as a senior. She also received numerous honors from The Bishop’s School, including: the President’s Award (underclassman that best exemplifies leadership, scholarship and sportsmanship), Knights of the Roundtable Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, the Carol Lattimer Community Service Scholarship Award, the Otto Mauer Award (honor roll every year) and the Head of School Award (significant contribution to the school’s programs).

Ara Talkov – Guard – 6’ 0”
Massachusetts native Talkov heads to Manhattan this fall after lettering for four year’s as a guard on Swampscott High School’s women’s basketball team. Talkov’s heady play on the court led to a Northeastern Conference South championship in 2012.

Serving as captain during her senior season, Talkov averaged 17.8 points per game to pace Swampscott, while also leading the team in rebounding, blocked shots and free throw percentage.  Over her final two seasons at Swampscott, Talkov was named a Salem News All-Star, Lynn Item All-Star, Northeastern Conference All-Star and selected as the team MVP. As a senior, she was named the Northeastern Conference MVP.

Talkov was also a member of the AAU’s Bay Stat Jaguars, a team that won three straight Massachusetts state titles from 2010-12.

She graduated this spring with honors and received the Scholar-Athlete Award from Swampscott. Talkov’s family has a history of competing in the Ivy League. Her mother, Inga, a 1989 Columbia Law School graduate, rowed at Harvard from 1981-85 and her cousin, Hilary, swam at Brown from 2007-11. 

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