The Bridgewater State Bears Women’s Basketball team is off to a strong start to the season with a 7-2 record, and the athlete leading the charge is sophomore forward Kylie Grassi (she/her). Grassi is majoring in Health Sciences and is looking to choose the concentration of Pre-Physical Therapy.
In Grassi’s freshman year as a Bear, she scored 206 points, 35 assists, 58 rebounds, 32 steals and 10 blocks with a 36.4% field goal percentage and a 76.4% free throw percentage. This season, Grassi has 155 points, 44 rebounds, 29 assists, 17 steals and 8 blocks with a 45.8% Field goal percentage and a 79.7% free throw percentage.
Grassi graduated from Plymouth North High School in the Class of 2021, where she played on the varsity girls basketball team for all four years. She scored 930 points in her career as a Plymouth North Blue Eagle and won Patriot League MVP in her senior season, according to Old Colony Memorial.
The Sophomore has been placed on the New England Women’s Basketball (NEWBA) Team of the Week twice this season for her great performance. Grassi was placed on the NEWBA First Team in the opening week of the season where the Bears went 3-0 and she averaged 18 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and blocked three shots. On the same week as the First Team NEWBA, Grassi also won the MASCAC Player of the Week. On the last week of November, Grassi was placed on the NEWBA Second Team of the week for her performance in the loss against Rhode Island College on November 22nd, where she scored 22 points, seven rebounds, three steals and blocked a shot.
Grassi says about the awards, “I’m just happy that as a team, we’re winning, and it’s a plus to get those awards.”
On the November 29th game against UMASS Dartmouth, Grassi reached her career-high of 27 points. She broke her previous high scoring 26 points which she achieved last season against Worcester State.
Grassi’s goals for the season were to work hard as part of the team together and make the MASCAC Championship again, after losing to Framingham State last season.
“I think it’s been going really well so far. I was really nervous because we lost a lot of girls from last year,” Grassi said. TheBears had five seniors who graduated last season.
Kylie Grassi is following in the footsteps of her older sister, Joie who played basketball at UMASS Boston for three seasons, where she scored 1,162 points, the 6th most all-time in Beacons Women’s Basketball history. Grassi told The Comment that she started shooting around when she was four years old and then joined her first team in First Grade. Kylie joined Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball teams and got to travel out of state.
Grassi said, “Basketball has always been my one sport, I’ve never played anything else, so it’s always been my thing.”
The Bears next game will be at the Smith Holiday Tournament on New Year’s Weekend where they’ll face Smith College and SUNY Poly.