Rosie Gambino signs with women's basketball


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Nov. 19, 2013

MADISON, Wis. - Rosie Gambino, a 6-4 center from Oswego, Ill., has signed to play women's basketball at the University of Wisconsin beginning in 2014, head coach Bobbie Kelsey announced today. Gambino spent two seasons playing at Kishwaukee College in Illinois and initially transferred to Iowa State University but left before playing a game. She will have to sit out a year and will be eligible in December of 2014.

"We are very happy and excited to welcome Rosie Gambino to our Badger family," said Kelsey. "She definitely brings an added dimension of height, shot blocking ability and aggression to our already solid roster of post players. 

"Rosie is also an extremely smart young woman who will be able to contribute right away once she fulfills her transfer requirements. We are grateful that everything came together so quickly and smoothly."

Gambino played in 69 games for the Kishwaukee Kougars, setting the career blocking record. She averaged 2.6 blocks per game as a freshman and 3.4 blocks per game as a sophomore, tallying 206 blocks in two seasons. Gambino set the single-game blocking record with 11 and the single-season blocking record with 109. Her 109 blocks ranked fourth nationally.

Gambino averaged 3.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore and 4.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a freshman for coach Karen Wiley. She was also a two-time academic all-conference honoree.

Kishwaukee was 53-17 in Gambino's two years, including a fourth-place finish in the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association championship. The Kougars were two-time Arrowhead Conference champions as well.  

Gambino played her high school ball at Oswego High School, the same high school as former Badger Teah Gant (2006-10). She averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior for coach Chad Pohlmann. The Panthers finished fourth in the state championship her junior season. She was a two-time team most improved player and set the school record for career blocks.

A four-time member of the dean's list at Oswego, she was also a National Art Honor Society member. Gambino also played AAU basketball with the Lisle Shooting Stars and coach Glenn Earl.

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