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Martin breaks record; Lady Barons roll over Morris
|Senior Lady Baron Monique Martin (#1) spent most of her time during Saturday’s game against Morris College just like this – in the air. Martin broke the college’s standing record for most points scored by any BPC basketball player with 50 points. (Photo by Nicole Mathis)
By Taylor Hereford
Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON – Senior Monique Martin (#1) broke Sug Parker’s record for most points scored by any BPC basketball player – men’s or women’s – scoring 50 total points and grabbing 12 rebounds propelling the No. 23 Lady Barons (3-0) to their third straight win of the season, defeating Morris College 112-87.
Martin shot sixty-seven percent from the field (19 of 28, 6 of 7 three pointers) and had 5 steals and 3 assists in the game. She currently leads the NAIA in scoring averaging 37.67 points a game.
Head coach Sheila Simmons was grateful for Martin’s performance and also for junior Filita Kirkendoll, who played a huge role in Saturday’s win.
“Monique shot an outstanding game,” said Simmons. “Over the course of the game, Morris (College) began to concentrate more on her to try and slow her down. When that happened, Filita stepped up and gave us more balance on the floor. She had a great game as well, scoring 11 points for us.”
In addition to Martin and Kirkendoll’s performances, the Lady Barons continued their up-tempo, pressure style of defense, which has become a team trademark since Simmons took over the program three years ago.
“We put up some good numbers defensively with 23 steals and 32 turnovers,” said Simmons. “Overall, we played a very good game on both sides of the ball.”
The Lady Barons will begin their conference play Thursday, Nov. 16 when they host Columbia College. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. All home games are played in the Gillis Gymnasium inside the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student Activities Center.
Season tickets are still available for all home games. For more information, visit BPC’s web site, www.bpc.edu.