Support staff readies for Ross’ arrival

VIENNA – LeAnne Ross will be back in the Mid-Ohio Valley when the University of Charleston plays Ohio Valley University in a West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) women’s basketball game at the Snyder Activity Center at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The former Marietta Tigers star is a sophomore at UC and is the team’s second leading scorer, averaging 12.8 points per game. She’s also the team leader in steals with 30.

The Golden Eagles are currently 10-7 overall and 7-6 in the WVIAC, while the Fighting Scots are 1-16 and 1-12.

“I can’t wait to play at OVU,” Ross said. “A bunch of my family and friends are coming and it’s a really great experience playing so close to home where I can play in front of the people that watched me all through my basketball career and cheered me on.”

Ross is the daughter of Bill and Kelly Ross of Marietta. She has a twin sister Lauren and an older sister Kristen.

“It’s also the last time I’ll be playing there (at OVU) because Charleston is going to another conference next year,” LeAnne Ross said. “I’m really looking forward to playing.”

Before Erica Dawson set all of the scoring marks at MHS, there was the southpaw-shooting Ross, who had a standout prep career, scoring 1,289 points (third best all-time), including 478 points in her senior season and a career high 39 points against Jackson in her junior year.

An all-around athlete, Ross was also a state track and field qualifier in the high jump.

After graduation in the spring of 2010, Ross signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and basketball-playing days at Charleston. She is currently majoring in business and sports administration.

“I redshirted my freshman year and then last year I actually broke my wrist in our first league game after starting, too,” Ross said. “I was out for a month and it was hard to come back from.

“It’s actually nice this year. I’ve been relatively healthy and haven’t missed a game.”

Ironically, Dawson did the same thing in early January, and just returned to playing with a brace on her right hand at Warren this past Wednesday night.

“I can only imagine what Erica’s going through,” Ross said. “We just want to get out there and play, and help our team win in any way. I was really sorry to hear Erica got injured. It’s hard.”

When UC hosted OVU in the first meeting at Eddie King Gym on Dec. 8, 2012, Ross provided a spark off the bench, scoring a team-high 17 points in an 81-71 Golden Eagles win.

Since that game, Ross has been in the starting lineup.

“This year, I have made an impact on the team being a starter and someone on the team that my coach (Adam Collins) really looks for me to show up every game and play well,” Ross said.

Charleston last played at OVU on Jan. 21, 2012, and earned a 74-68 triumph. As a non-starter, Ross scored 10 points in 22 minutes of playing time.