As a Redshirt Senior (2012-13)
Granted a extra year of eligibility on Dec. 7, 2012 ... played in 24 games and started the final 16 games the season ... season-high 16 points against Akron in the WNIT ... 12 double-figure scoring games.
As a Senior (2011-12)
Played and started 15 games before season-ending injury ... double-double of 16 points and 12 assists at Saint Francis in season-opener ... 11 points against Buffalo and Robert Morris ... season-high 22 points against Davidson ... 15 points against Ohio.
As a Junior (2010-11) Atlantic 10 Third-Team All-Conference ... started all 33 games ... second in A-10 with 157 assists and fourth with 81 steals ... 57th in NCAA with 4.8 assists per game and 62nd with 2.5 steals per game ... one rebound short of a triple-double with career-highs of 12 boards and nine assists along with 13 points in WNIT at Kansas ... season-high 20 points vs. St. Bonaventure.
As a Sophomore (2009-10) Played in all 32 games, starting the final 20 ... scored a team-and-career-high 26 points and 10 field goals in the WNIT at Northwestern ... personal-best four 3-pointers against the Wildcats ... scored 17 points and was 9-of-10 from the foul line at #19 Pittsburgh ... season-best seven assists at Saint Francis, Pa. ... season-best seven rebounds at Saint Louis ... recorded foul steals vs. George Washington, Pitt and Davidson.
As a Freshman (2008-09)
Began career as West Virginia, but did not play.
High School Finished her Southmoreland career with 2,327 career points, becoming only the 36th girl to score over 2,000 points in WPIAL/Pittsburgh City League history ... led WPIAL in scoring her junior and senior seasons averaging 27.7 ppg and 28.8 ppg respectively ...guided the Scotties to their first-ever section title and playoff win her senior season... 2007 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous Five ... 2007 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year ... 2007 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 10 ... 2007 First-Team All-State ... 2006 Third-Team All-State ... WPIAL All-Section ... Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-Star team ... played in the Roundball Classic ... scored 45 points in a game to set Southmoreland's single-game school record ... also lettered in soccer.
Personal Full name is Vanessa Jan Abel ... earned a degree in elementary education and is currently pursuing a master's in sports leadership ... Director of Athletics' Honor Roll.