Baierl wraps up career at Franciscan University
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – Former Marshfield Columbus standout Abby Baierl has wrapped up an illustrious collegiate basketball career at Franciscan University of Ohio.
The 5’6″ senior guard played her final game for the Lady Barons on Feb. 22. Baierl scored 21 points in her final contest, ending a storied career that saw her score 986 points – third most all-time in Franciscan history.
On Feb. 3, Baierl was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) women’s basketball player of the week. Also this season, Baierl broke the school record for career three-point baskets, which stood at 105. Abby’s 106th came in a game against Pitt.-Bradford on Jan. 25.
Baierl knocked down 48 three-pointers in her senior campaign, while scoring a team-high 369 points. She also started all 25 games, and averaged 33.6 minutes per game, 14.8 points per game, and 5.5 rebounds per contest. Abby had 52 assists and 52 steals, and shot 81 percent from the free throw line.
Some of those numbers mirror her freshman season, when she started 22 of 24 games played, averaging 34.7 minutes per game while also scoring 11.3 points a game and tallying 270 points for the season. Had she not studied abroad during a portion of her sophomore season, Baierl most certainly would have eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau.
In her second season, Baierl played in just 15 games, starting 14 of them, while scoring 127 points.
Last season, Abby played in 20 games and started 17 of them, averaging 10.6 points per game and totaling 212 points for her junior season.
Baierl is majoring in education with a minor in theology.
Baierl is 10th all-time on the Columbus Dons’ career scoring list. Abby totaled 723 points while she played for the Dons for four seasons, 2012-16.