Having already made history as the first Australian-born woman to compete in the NCAA, Alivia Del Basso would score her first NCAA goal in the second period of an October 5 victory against the Connecticut Huskies. Assisted by freshman Demi Crossman of Livonia, Michigan and scored on Sarah Moses, these two women would have a hand in a unique bit of NCAA hockey history as Del Basso becomes the first woman from Australia to score an NCAA goal.
Hailing from Perth, Australia, the 5’6″ forward went her entire freshman season without scoring one point. Competing in 34 games, she was an iron woman for a Bulldogs squad that featured seniors such as Jessica Wong and Katie Wilson. Of note, she was part of a group of women from seven different countries playing for the Bulldogs. Studying exercise science, she is also the first woman from the Southern Hemisphere to compete in the NCAA,
Prior to joining the Bulldogs, she was a member of the Australian national women’s hockey team and a member of the Melbourne Ice. She would help Australia claim a silver medal at the Division 2B Worlds in 2011 and a bronze medal in 2012. In addition, she was a competitor in 2011 at the world famous Pursuit of Excellence academy in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Of note, Jordan Krause, who plays with Del Basso on the Bulldogs was also a teammate at POE, respectively.
Del Basso’s goal had an even greater relevance as it signified the 350th win of Bulldogs’ head coach Shannon Miller. While Miller is the first women’s coach to win five NCAA Women’s Frozen Fours, her greatest legacy is opening the doors for women from Europe and abroad to play for the Bulldogs. With Del Basso being one of many global recruits that have donned the Bulldogs sweater for Miller, her goal is a fitting tribute and a treasured moment in both of their careers.