Penn State Lehigh Valley senior Hannah Bankes became the fourth overall player to score 1,000 career points in the history of Penn State Lehigh Valley basketball. Bankes scored her 1,000th point during the semifinal game against Penn State Beaver on Feb. 17. The women’s team defeated Penn State Beaver that night, 81-61 letting them advance to the PSUAC Tournament Championship.
“We had to win that game in order to get to the championship, so ultimately my focus was on winning the game. I wasn’t really focused on scoring 1,000 points that game. I was mainly worried about winning the game,” said Bankes. “I don’t know exactly what I was thinking, it just felt good. I was happy and excited.”
Bankes was recently recognized by the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) for her outstanding performances throughout the 2017-18 season, and was named honorable mention Second Team All-Conference.
“After graduating, I either want to work with teens or adolescents with substance abuse. I also thought about getting into coaching, but I’m not exactly sure, yet,” said Bankes a rehabilitation and human services (RHS) major.
The women’s team wrapped up the season on Feb. 18 when they lost in the PSUAC Tournament Championship against Penn State Brandywine with a record of 16-7 overall.
"I am so proud of Hannah for scoring her 1,000 career point, and she accomplished this in two and a half years. It's a tremendous milestone that she accomplished in high school also, and a testament to her commitment, sacrifice and work that she put into it," said Lorie Khalil, head women’s basketball coach and coordinator of athletic programs at Penn State Lehigh Valley.