During her senior year (1983) at Wamogo Regional High School, Trish Neary averaged 16 points per game with a single game high of 38 points. She was named to the All-State First Team, chosen the League’s MVP, and led her school to win two Berkshire League Championships in 1981 and 1983. After graduation, Neary attended Western Connecticut State University where she averaged 15 points per game and set a WCSU record for most career points (1,428). In 1987, the team captain became the WCSU athlete selected to the All-American Kodak Team and ECAC Player of the Year.
By the time she graduated, Neary had become the college’s all-time leading scorer, rebounder, and shot-blocker. Her leadership and all-around ability were helpful in WCSU earning their first NCAA bid to the Division III Tournament. She was selected New England Basketball Association Rookie twice and Player of the Week ten times.
Neary’s name appears several times in the WCSU record book: 3rd in career scoring (1428); 3rd all-time rebounder (759); 4th career blocks (100); 1st free throw percentage with .92, and scoring points per game (15.2). In 1989, Neary played in Europe for the Runster Dames Belgian team.