GRAFTON—During a signing ceremony at her father’s dealership on Friday, Grafton Lady Cats’ senior basketball player Bailey Toothman gave her pledge to continue her academic and athletic career at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
The 5’10 senior center helped lead Grafton to a 15-9 record this past season and says her love of Pittsburgh and opportunities that the college presented were too much to turn down.
“I have loved Pittsburgh since I was little,” Toothman said in front of a small gathering of family and friends who had come to witness her signing her letter of intent. “The academic side of it was really the best thing for me. They (Point Park) have a ton of internships. I want to go into social media marketing to get a Marketing minor which is perfect for me. The team is like a big community and the coaches are awesome, so it was like a no-brainer for me. They just kind of welcomed me in.”
Toothman says she has been playing basketball since she was in the fourth grade and had been playing travel soccer since she was around 10-years old, but decided her junior year that she wanted to play basketball at the next level and decided to turn her focus solely to the hardwood.
“I started doing 5:00 a.m. workouts and going to Nate Smith’s (Basketball School) four days a week,” explained Toothman. “And without my parents, none of that would have been possible at all. They were the ones getting up at four in the morning with me to do that stuff and spend that time with me and I’ll always be appreciative of that.”
Toothman, who averaged 6.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3 assists, and was third on the team with 46 made free throws, drew high praise from Lady Cats’ head coach Andrew Moore.
“It’s a very proud coach moment when one of your players gets to play at the next level,” stated Moore. “Bailey set a goal to play at the collegiate level and worked tirelessly at achieving that goal. She was a four-year varsity player and will be missed very much. Not only was she a great player, but she was an even better teammate. I can’t thank her enough for her hard work and dedication. I’m anxious to see how she takes her game to the next level. Point Park University is very lucky to be able to sign Bailey to their team.”
The Pioneers are a member of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and compete primarily in the River States Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball.
The head coach of the women’s basketball team is Tony Grenek, who is in his seventh season as head coach at Point Park. Grenek has amassed a record of 139-47 in his first six years since taking over the Pioneers in 2011-12. In his first three years at the school, Grenek led Point Park to three straight conference tournament championships in two different conferences and took Point Park to its first three NAIA Division II national tournaments in school history.