By Kyle Daubs
Mallory Ramage will be the first to tell you she has the best teammates in the world.
After all, it was their idea for Ramage to go for it.
With 27 first half-points, Ramage said she knew how many points she had and that her teammates said she needed to try and take a stab at getting the single-game points record of 42 points, which was set by Barb Blume in 1988.
“When we started pressing in the first quarter, we got a lot of steals that resulted in layups,” said Ramage. “I looked up at the score and thought we had a lot of points. At halftime, Coach Aydt and my teammates were talking and they told me I could get it, so they kept cheering me on and wanted me to get this.”
Ramage’s 14 points in the third quarter gave her 41 points going into the final quarter. At this point, the Green Wave held a 76-17 lead. In most cases, teams would rest starters in the fourth, but this record had been around for 34 years.
Once that last and only field goal in the fourth quarter dropped, Ramage had penciled a new name into the record books.
“I feel pretty great, especially being my last year,” said Ramage. “It’s a great accomplishment, but I just want to keep going out and winning with my team. I’m excited for the rest of the season.”
The Green Wave won the game by a final score of 86-19, which dropped Urbana to 1-16 on the season. Ramage made 15 of her 18 field goal attempts, including 2-2 at three-point range, and 7 of 10 free throws. Ramage, who already owns the single-season record for points in a season with 708, is making a run at her own record as the point total brought her to 555.
Ramage is also the all-time leading scorer in school history, so getting the single-game record to complete the trifecta was something special to her.
“I’m just really happy because I work really hard to get where I am,” said Ramage. “I’m pretty proud of myself to get it, but I couldn’t do it without Coach Aydt and my teammates. They have supported me the whole time. I have really good teammates and some great coaches.”