Tonight will be a homecoming of sorts for Fairmont State’s Shannon Wanichko and her sister Samantha.

For the first time in their college careers the Wanichko sisters will return to their hometown of Greensburg, Pa. to play a basketball game.

FSU’s Lady Falcons travel to Greensburg this evening to tangle with Seton Hill University in a 7 p.m. game at the McKenna Center.Seton Hill is one of the newest members of the West Virginia Conference, but tonight’s game will not be a league contest.

Fairmont State comes into the game with a perfect 5-0 overall record. The Lady Griffins, on the other hand, are 2-3. Two of Seton Hill’s losses this year have come against West Virginia Wesleyan (63-60) and nationally-ranked Glenville State (69-50).

The Wanichko sisters both starred at Hempfield High School. Shannon, a 6-foot junior forward, is averaging 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds a game this season for FSU, while younger sister Samantha, a 5-11 sophomore forward, is averaging 7.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per outing.

“We’re really excited about about this game because for the Pittsburgh-area girls, and especially Sammi and I, it’s kind of like a homecoming for us,” said Shannon. “We live five minutes from there so we’re looking forward to going home and playing in front of our hometown fans and friends. That’s kind of special.

“We’re also excited because this is the most important game for us because it’s the next game. That’s what coach (Steve) Mac (McDonald) always tells us. They’re all important, but in this program we honestly try to take them one at a time and right now the Seton Hill game is the only game we’re focusing on.”

Like her older sister, Samantha says she too is anxiously looking forward to playing this evening against the Lady Griffins.

“It’s going to be nice to go back home and play there because people I went to high school with have never seen me play in college and I’m sure some of them are going to be there and that’s kind of special,” said Samantha. “Both Shannon and I are very proud to be a part of a college program like Fairmont’s where we’ve had success and where that’s a top priority. We feel like our team works very hard and plays very hard and hopefully we can display that on the court Wednesday night and come out of there with a win.

“We’ve gotten off to a good start this season and we just want to keep building on that and keep improving as the season goes along so we can be prepared for when we start exclusive play in our conference.”

Seton Hill is led by 6-2 senior center Elena Radenkovic and 5-10 junior forward Autumn Himes, who both average 13.0 points per game. The Lady Griffins also get 9.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per outing from 6-foot freshman forward Katie Lintner.

FSU leads the all-time series with Seton Hill, 3-2. The Lady Falcons won last year’s meeting in Fairmont by 78-53 score.

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