Basketball has been a special part of Amanda’s life since age six. She was able to capitalize on amazing high school and college experiences and turn them into an opportunity to play professionally in Greece and Cyprus, doing what she loved while seeing the world.
You would be hard pressed to find a basketball player as decorated as Amanda Pape. From 1999-2003, Pape was a force for Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, CT, both on the court and off it. Pape, a four-year starter, eclipsed the 1,000 points scored mark in her sophomore year. During her four years, she scored 2,429 points, becoming Stamford’s all time leading scorer. Amanda garnered the Gatorade Female Player of the Year honors for Connecticut in 2003, as well as a nomination to the McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Team. Amanda guided the Trinity Catholic team to consecutive state championships in 2002 and 2003, as well as an FCIAC championship in 2002 where she was awarded the MVP. She received the CT High School Coaches Association-Josephine O’Dwyer MVP Award in 2003.
Amanda was an All-State and an All-FCIAC selection all four years. She was a three-time member of the CT Post Super 15 in the State, a two-time member of the Hartford Courant’s Best of the Best selections from 2001 and 2002, an ESPN/Starter All-State Team selection in 2002, and was named the Madison Square Garden Tri State Athlete of the Week three times. The honor student graduated in 2003, ranking second among Connecticut’s Top Scorers in girls’ high school basketball history.
Upon graduating from Trinity Catholic, Amanda attended Sacred Heart University. During her four years at SHU, Amanda set Sacred Heart career records in points (2,045), steals (362), field goals (709), free throws (587), and scoring average (16.9 ppg). She set single-season marks in points (602), field goals (219), free throws (173), and steals (107). Amanda led Sacred Heart to a four-year record of 87-34 (72%), which was the best four year period in the program’s history.
Amanda’s years at SHU also produced a 16-2 NEC (Northeast Conference) record, a school record which included 2006 and 2007 NEC Regular Season Championships and the 2006 NEC Tournament Championship, where she was awarded the Tournament MVP. She was thereafter named the NEC Player of the Year in 2006 and also received the honor of being awarded the CT Sports Writers’ Alliance-Hank O’Donnell Female Athlete of the Year Award in 2007. Amanda was just the third player in NEC history to score 2,000 points, and her total mark of 2,045 makes her the all-time leading scorer at Sacred Heart. She earned NEC scoring title honors in both 2006 and 2007, while also being named to the NEC All-Tournament team in those years. Amanda was a first team All-Northeast Conference player from 2005-2007, the 2004 NEC Rookie of the Year, and selected to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 1 second team. She graduated with 27 career double doubles, nine NEC Choice Hotel Player of the Week awards, and was named to the NEC Academic Honor Roll her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. Her fondest memory throughout her illustrious career was leading Sacred Heart to their first NEC Championship and earning a berth into the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.