March 22nd, 2021

Hope Sivori named Co- Conference USA Freshman of the Year


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Hope Sivori named Co- Conference USA Freshman of the Year
photo provided by WKU Athletics

 Hope Sivori was a player who pushed the pace. She was a scorer and could pass the ball as a point guard for Mercy Academy last season. She was also a turnover waiting to happen.

Sivori was mostly ignored by Divison I schools. Western Kentucky showed interest. Eastern Illinois, IUPUI, Bellarmine were interested. Louisville briefly spoke to her about being a walk on.

Western Kentucky was the choice. "It was like, 'how could you not' come here," said Sivori who worked herself into a starting guard spot early in the season after for the Lady Toppers. "It was like a family atmosphere. All the players got along."

Not only did she start she earned  Co- Conference USA Freshman of the Year with Melyia Grayson of Southern Mississippi.

The Lady Toppers struggled (7-15, 6-10 C-USA) but Sivori was solid at the point. She admits early in the season she was a turnover waiting to happen. She adjusted her game and remained in the lineup.

Sivori averaged 9.2 points and four assist. She cut down on her turnovers and was a steady influence. "I would think (to myself) could I really play at Western. They had really good coaches. I had really good teammates."
Western Kentucky coach Greg Collins has preached a "family type atmosphere". Sivori fits right in. "Coach says individual awards are a reflection of my team. I would not have been able to do it without my teammates. It means a lot."

While at Mercy, Sivori, helped the Jaguars win two Sixth Region titles and a state runner up finish in 2018. Her parents were able to watch her play at WKU and they made a "beach trip to Florida" as the Lady Toppers played in the sunshine state.

Sivori shot 35.4 percent from the field but did shoot 72 percent from the free throw line. She had 90 assist, but 86 turnovers. She says she'll work on shooting and ball handling along with defense during the off season.

"Personally, I'll work on being a better shooter. A more consistent shooter and handle the ball better."

She said the speed and quickness of the game weren't what was to difficult to adjust to. It was how bigger and stronger the players are.

"I'll work on a lot of little things. I'm super excited about next season," said Sivori.

The Lady Toppers played nationally ranked Tennessee and she was impressed with the Lady Vols. She was also impressed with Florida Atlantic's Jiggy Allen, a transfer from Mississippi State.  "If she wanted to drop 30 on you, she'd drop 30."

A Business Management major with a minor in Real Estate is Sivori's educational priorities. She also has an interest in Medical Sales, something her father Michael Sivori, does.

Sivori doesn't yet know what the off season schedule will be like, if she'll come home for a while or stay in Bowling Green. Chances are she'll be working becoming a more complete player.


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