Written by Shelly Poe
Rosemary Kosiorek Myers was West Virginia’s most decorated women’s basketball player ever, leading the Mountaineers to a 26-4 record and a No. 11 national ranking her senior year.
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A four-year contributor, the Mountaineers were upset winners of the Atlantic 10 tournament Kosiorek’s freshman year, advancing to the NCAA tournament for the first time. As a junior, she became the first player to lead the Atlantic 10 in both scoring (20.2) and assists (6.2), earning honorable mention All-America honors.
As a senior, she was unstoppable, leading WVU to a 22-game winning streak, the A-10 regular season title and a 25-3 regular season record, as she averaged 24.3 points and a school record 6.8 assists per game. Her 1,136 points scored that season were almost half of WVU’s total output; for her career, she had 2,061 points and 725 assists.
At the end of that 1992 season, the Mountaineers received a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament, hosting Clemson in what would be a 71-70 win before 8,000 fans at the Coliseum. WVU advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing at powerhouse Virginia.
A Kodak All-American and a finalist for the Margaret Wade Trophy (given to the college player of the year), Kosiorek received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame as the nation’s best player under 5-5. A three-time all-Atlantic 10 pick, she was the 1992 Atlantic 10 player of the year and WVU’s MVP and team captain. A first team Academic All-American, Kosiorek graduated with honors in accounting from WVU in 1992.
The Baltimore native later was invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic Team and the WNBA. Kosiorek has served as a senior manager for the accounting firm KMPG LLP for the past 10 years. She and her husband Doug live in Forest Park, Md., with their daughter Annika.