CRANBERRY TWP — Dani Short recently made a very important decision, but in the end, it was an easy choice for the North Catholic girls basketball star.
The 6-foot-2 senior forward committed to continue her academic and athletic careers at Brown University, located in Providence, R.I.
“Emery University (in Atlanta) also offered me. I visited there and it was nice, but I always wanted to go to an Ivy League school,” said Short. “That's why I chose Brown.
“I went to Brown last summer. I liked how the campus has a small-college feel to it, but downtown Providence is very close. I like that contrast.”
“Dani wants to play basketball in college, but she also wants to go to a top-25 school,” said North Catholic coach Molly Rottmann. “Brown offers both and I couldn't be more excited for her. She's a really good kid.”
High academic standards, coupled with the time it takes to compete for a Division I basketball program, is something Short is looking forward to. She carries a 4.84 GPA and plans to study political science or international relations with the goal of becoming a lawyer.
“I'm ready for the challenge,” she said.
Short is averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game for a Trojanette squad that entered this week 12-1 overall and a perfect 8-0 in section play. She is a four-year starter, but her role has changed over time.
“Her freshman year, we had a veteran squad,” said Rottmann. “Whatever she offered us, we looked at it as a bonus.
“Beginning with her sophomore year, we've needed more from her and she has responded well. She gets after it on defense and can also play on the perimeter. She's become a leader on and off the court.”
Short enjoys being part of a program in which everyone's role is appreciated.
“We all contribute in different ways,” she said. “If someone has something to say, we all listen. It's a tight-knit team and we all have each other's back. Coach Rottmann stresses that and it's a big reason why we have been so successful.”
That success has included a state championship in 2016, back-to-back WPIAL titles the last two years and an overall record of 90-11.
Short is hoping to add one more memorable postseason run for the Trojanettes.
“As long as we stay together, we can go far this year,” she said.