There are only a handful of real college women basketball destinations. Notre Dame is one of them. Thus, when Sachem East’s Danielle Cosgrove ended a high school career that included a three-time appointment to Newsday’s All-Long Island first team and left to join reigning national champion Fighting Irish, it seemed like something natural.

It turned out to be something less than a perfect fit.

6-4 Cosgrove got to play in the NCAA tournament its first season after Notre Dame reached the Final Four and played in the national championship game. She averaged 13 minutes as a sophomore and had a 12-point performance against Michigan State, an eight-jump performance against Tennessee and made three three-pointers against North Carolina. However, she was doing this while struggling with what she called “mental health issues” and needed a new environment.

She brought him to St. Louis.

“I want to be open about what I went through – I had a lot of trouble with my mental health while I was at Notre Dame,” Cosgrove said. “I feel like being here gives me the opportunity to be surrounded by people who know they will support me in everything I need for my mental health, academics and athletics. Being in St. John and coming home to New York was the perfect picture for me. “

Cosgrove is one of two major additions to a team looking to turn the page into an 8-15 (4-12 in the East) season played in an atmosphere of what all-conference goalkeeper Leilani Correa called “negativity” mainly. due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“There’s a lot of positivity here this season. The culture just feels different,” Correa said. “I see ‘DC’ and [grad transfer] Danielle Patterson as great contributors to this with their leadership. “

Patterson also played in Notre Dame – the 2018 national champion and for Cosgrove’s first season – before moving to Indiana and playing one season. 6-2 Patterson and Cosgrove both have two years of qualification remaining.

They will join a squad that can go 8 to 10 depths and with returning Correa beginners, old guard and Long Beach product Kadaja Bailey and new goalkeeper Unique Drake and some other great contributors. Correa averaged 17.6 points, Bailey 9.6 with 5.9 rebounds and Drake 9.6 points and 3.0 assists.

St. John’s opens his season Wednesday against the FDU at the Carnesecca Arena.

Cosgrove said the mental health problems she faced permeated everything, including her playing on the field.

“If you find it difficult to get up, go to classes and do small things, it becomes almost impossible for you to go out and be present and function in a practical environment of two to three hours, regardless of the games. “It affects every aspect of your life, from your personal relationships to the way you play.”

Seeing her time in South Bend, Indiana, Cosgrove felt she had no means of finding support in Notre Dame and said, “I probably did not take it seriously enough.”

“A big part of me is that I am an only child and I am very close to my family and being somewhere that is 12 hours away, you are not able to go home or come to my family. for me, “Cosgrove said.” It was a big challenge. “

Since the arrival of Cosgrove, Tartamella has seen the happy and energetic player he originally recruited. With a few extra things to bring to the table.

“Her three-point shot is great as it always has been and I may have underestimated her inside the game because she has developed,” he said. “And with DC and Danielle Patterson, we have players who have the experience of playing in a national league and on a Final Four team. They’ve been there and they have the experience, the good habits and the knowledge of what it takes to get there. .

“I am just happy to be here [Cosgrove play for us because I think all she needs is more (playing time]. “

Cosgrove has seen how mental health has become a major issue in colleges and professional sports and has issued a tip.

“The biggest thing I can say about mental health is to contact the people who are there for you, because they really are there to help you,” she said. “Asking for what is needed is crucial. If you do not, you are simply stuck.”