Updated Feb. 17, 2010 @ 8:10 a.m.
Lyndsie Long broke the Elmhurst College record last night at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. Read about it here.
by Mike Slodki
For four seasons now, Kaneland High School 2006 graduate Lyndsie Long has been knocking down jumpers at Elmhurst College.
Very soon, she could be knocking down history.
The senior majoring in physical education has four more regular season games remaining to break the all-time scoring record for the Bluejays (14-7, 7-3 Conference). Long, of Sugar Grove, has 1,695 career points and is 86 points away from breaking it.
Elmhurst also plays in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) postseason tournament later this month.
In a loss on Saturday at Illinois Wesleyan, Long put up 26 points. In a loss to Milliikin on Feb. 2, Long scored 29, and against Augustana, she scored 24. On Jan. 23, Long matched her career-high of 33 in a win over Wheaton.
Averaging 23.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest, Long needs to average 21.5 points per game for the remainder of the season, something that she hopes will happen.
â€œI knew this record breaking was a possibility, but I wasn’t concerned about it because I just want my team to succeed and win games,â€ Long said. â€œMy brother will textÂ me with his calculations of how many more points I need and what I need to average each game for the rest of the season to break the record, so it’s always in the back of my mind.Â I just need to maintain my scoring average and it will all work itself out.â€
The leading scorer in the CCIW, Long is the type of player whose gifts lend themselves to the scoring crown at Elmhurst.
â€œLyndsie is a very smart player,â€ Elmhurst coach Tethnie Werner said. â€œOver her career, I can see how she has matured on the mental aspect of the game. Teams come in with the game plan to bump her on every screen, double her off the dribble and at the post area. Early on she would get frustrated and that would allow her game toget off but not anymore,â€ Elmhurst coach Tethnie Werner said.
With Long on a torrid pace for the second-place Bluejays, the No. 2 place holder on the Kaneland girls basketball list, doesnâ€™t find her overall game changing that much, showing the key to record-breaking might be staying the player she currently is.
â€œI wouldn’t sayÂ I’m playing â€˜differentlyâ€™, butÂ I’m coming to realize that this is my senior year and I only have a month or so left of basketball,â€ Long said.Â â€œThis is helping me to pushÂ not only me but my teammates toÂ be the best we can be.Â I don’t play any differently knowing that I’m close to breaking the school record.Â When it comes time for gametimeÂ my only focus is helping my team win that game.â€Â
A three-time all-CCIW selection, Long has also been named named CCIW Womenâ€™s Basketball Player of the Week on three occasions this season, and if the scoring honor comes her way, it will have happened to a special player.
â€œHer goal is to win the game no matter who scores. Lyndsie’s game has grown so much since her freshmen year,â€ Werner said. Lyndsie is a great person and worked extremely hard to put herself in this position.â€
In the meantime, Long and the Bluejays prepare for a clash against the North Park University Vikings in Elmhurst on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m., marking the first of three regular season games remaining.
â€œThis team is a group of girls that love each other on and off the court,â€ Long said. â€œHowever, basketball is a long season so every team will hit road bumps along the way.Â We are a team that can get past those road bumps quickly, which is another reason why we have been successful.â€