Golda Och Academy junior Gloria Rothenberg scored her 1000th point in basketball Thursday – the first female in the history of the school to reach this milestone.
During yesterday’s basketball game against Newark’s Central High School, the game was stopped at the beginning of the second quarter so she could be recognized for her achievement. She scored 24 out of 28 points for the team.
“The fact that Gloria is a junior and the first female to accomplish this at GOA is even more special,” said GOA Dean of Students Adam Shapiro, adding that Stephanie Aaron (Class of 2011) and Whitney Gruhin (Class of 2007) were relegated to the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively – Stephanie with 902 points and Whitney with 754 points. Both Stephanie and Whitney attended Thursday’s game.
“It was an exciting and momentous occasion for Gloria and women's athletics at Golda Och,” said Janet Herman, Athletic Director at Golda Och Academy. “She’s a great role model for the kids, on and off the court. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer kid.”
Coach Josh Breitman, who has been coaching Gloria since sixth grade, said, “She is very well-deserving of this accomplishment. She works all year long on her game, and this could only happen with that hard work. I am very proud of her and glad that I can be a part of this.”
In the first five games of the season, Gloria scored 165 points, averaging 33 points per game. On Tuesday she had a career high 51 points against Immaculate Conception. In addition to being the lead scorer, Gloria is also the consummate team player with 30 assists (6 per game) and 49 steals (9.8 per game).
She was named the team’s MVP after her freshman and sophomore years. Following the 2010-2011 season, Gloria was named to the first team Liberty Division of the SEC.
Yasher Koach, Gloria!