Senior Leigh Ann Lutz broke Westminster's all-time scoring record during the 81-71 win over Greenville College Wednesday evening. Lutz has proven to be a force to reckon with on the court for Westminster. She holds the 3-point career record (229-673), the 3-point season record (75-202) and is one of seven members of Westminster's 1,000 Point Club. The all-time scoring record was previously held by Amy Schaeperkoetter. Schaeperkoetter, 1994-98, held the record with 1,282 career points.
"It is a huge honor to hold the all-time scoring record, but I owe all of the credit to some really great teammates throughout my four years here. Reaching 1,289 points take 500+ great passes," said Lutz when asked about her feelings towards breaking the record tonight.
Lutz will continue rewriting the all-time scoring record and the three-point career record throughout the next five regular season games and the playoffs.
The win over Greenville puts the Blue Jays' record at 9-10 overall. They sit in fifth place with a 7-6 record in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC).
Sophomore Sadie Theroff started the game with two three-pointers , followed by a three-pointer by Lutz to give the Blue Jays the 9-0 lead. The Greenville Panthers put themselves on the board, but three more three-pointers by Theroff and Lutz gave them the 18-6 lead. The Panthers scored 11 unanswered points to put them down by one, 18-17, but the Blue Jays answered back with a 7-0 run. Heading into halftime, the Blue Jays led 31-24.
The Blue Jays came out strong in the second half and struck a 7-0 run to take a 14 point lead, 38-24. With 13:43 left in the game, the Blue Jays struck another 7-0 run, grabbing a 19 point lead, the largest lead of the game. The Panthers chipped away at the lead, but the Blue Jays held strong and won 81-71.
"Greenville is a program that we have always had a lot of respect for so we tried to focus on defensive execution," stated Lutz. "Even though it wasn't a flawless game, we were able to get a good conference win tonight."
The Blue Jays shot 66.7 percent from the three-point line after going 12-for-18. Theroff went 6-for-7 from the arc, putting in 20 points to the win. Lutz went 5-for-9 from the arc, leading the Blue Jays with 25 points. Freshman Andrea Zalis added 17 points to the win, going 6-for-8 from the field and 5-for-5 from the foul line.
Sophomore Mackenzie Haddox pulled down the game high six rebounds and dished in eight assists. She also went 6-for-6 from the foul line, adding 9 points to the win. Lutz had a game high four steals.
"We had a good start to tonight's game. It felt like the kids really took a step forward and completed well," commented Head Coach Tracey Braden.
The Blue Jays will travel to St. Louis, Missouri this Saturday, February 8, to play Fontbonne University. Tip-off is at 1:00 p.m.