Four years ago, when Celia Rader entered Scandlon Gymnasium for the first time to begin her collegiate career, she had no idea that she would be considered one of the best players King’s College ever had. A 5-7 guard from Scranton Preparatory School, Rader was only looking to enjoy four more years of playing basketball, but what happened on Wednesday, Jan. 30 set the bar. She became the 19th player in King’s basketball history to score 1,000 points. After the milestone shot went in, the fans at Scandlon Gymnasium gave her a standing ovation and she was presented with balloons and a special basketball, and got her picture taken at mid-court with the head coach, Brian Donaghue.

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Rader came into the game against Eastern needing six more points for the milestone. Before the game, Rader was trying to stay focused on the contest and not the points.

 

“I wasn’t trying to focus so much on the fact that I could score my one thousandth point,” she said. “I thought it would just come by playing the game, and it did.”

 

With 3:27 to play in the first half, Rader achieved the milestone on a three-pointer with her fellow senior teammate Kaitlin Michaels assisting on the play. Rader gave compliments to Michaels for helping her achieve the 1,000 points.

 

“It was funny,” she said. “I was joking with Kaitlin before the game and she told me that my one thousandth point wouldn’t count unless it came from her, and it did, so it was really cool.”

 

In the heat of the game, Rader didn’t realize until everyone started cheering that she had scored the points. Scandlon Gymnasium was packed with family and friends of Rader who wanted to witness the special moment.

 

“It was really exciting, really cool when the shot went in,” she said. “I kind of forget to be honest. It was all too much. I had lots of support from family, faculty and friends. I had many faculty members and people that I didn’t even know come up to me and congratulate me. It was really nice.”

 

Rader talked about her Lady Monarch career as it now begins to wind down. “I think there are a lot of good memories. It would be really nice if we could get back to the Sweet 16 this year. We have a lot of momentum ahead of us. I just feel that every year there was something positive and something to remember. I think being a senior, this is going to be my favorite year, but last year was certainly hard to top.”

 

Rader will next play on Senior Day against cross-town rival WilkesUniversity on Saturday, Feb. 16 before the playoffs begin.