Former Johnston girls basketball standout and current UMass-Dartmouth guard Jordan Moretti scored her 1,000th college point in the team’s season opener last week.
Moretti needed just seven points heading into the game and would hit that mark late in the first quarter. She would start the season off strong and finish the game with 21 points overall to sail past 1,000.
“It was a great feeling. Seeing the crowd erupt and cheer for me. To see my teammates come and hug me. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my teammates and coaches. It was a special moment,” said Moretti, who was also joined by her family, including her grandmother who had not attended a game since prior to the pandemic. “Having my family there and seeing them cheer for me in the front row meant everything to me.”
Moretti was calm heading into the opener and was confident that she would be able to hit the milestone early on.
“Going into it, I felt like ‘I have to get this over with.’ Then I could get that off my shoulders. It was seven points so I knew, ‘I can totally do this,’ last year I needed 20-something points in the championship game so there was a lot of pressure there. This time, I just came in and played basketball. I had my teammates behind me and it just happened,” said Moretti.
This was the second time in her career that she hit 1,000 points, with the first coming during her senior year of high school in Johnston. The difference this time, though, was that she saw it coming.
“In high school, (Coach) Chris (Corsinetti) never told me, I didn’t know until the day of that I needed only five points. I was never really told but then I was like ‘wow.’ In college, I had people telling me since all of the stats are right there, so I just wanted to go out there and play basketball,” said Moretti.
As she enters her final college season, and now that she has her 1,000th point out of the way, Moretti is focused on bringing a title to the Corsairs.
“It was a great start and just getting the win really set the tone for the season. This is my last year and the goal is no different, we want to be the first team to win a conference title for UMass-Dartmouth,” Moretti said.
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