The women’s basketball team set an NCAA record
by connecting on all 35 of its free-throw attempts in a Commonwealth
game with Susquehanna University on December 7, 2003. The women
went on to beat Susquehanna 61-53, but that was almost an anticlimax.
According to NCAA records, the 35-for-35 performance is the highest
total for any level of NCAA basketball, men or women. The best
women’s performance in history was by the University of Kansas,
with a 31-for-31 performance on February 11, 1996. The top men’s
performance was 34-for-34, turned in by the University of California
at Irvine on February 21, 1981, and Samford University on December
Moravian is now a total of 53-for-53 against Susquehanna in its
last two games at Johnston Hall. The Greyhounds’ 18-for-18
performance against Susquehanna on February 19, 2003, had been
the highest perfect game total in Middle Atlantic Conference history
prior to the December 7 game.
The free-throw record was led by freshman guard Katie Rizman, who
was 11-for-11. (She also made one goal, for a total of 13 points,
a career high.) Nine of 10 Greyhounds scored two points or better.
Junior guard Jen Behagg scored six points, the most dramatic of
which were the pair of free-throws she sank with one second remaining
in the game. Nine players made at least two free-throws during
the game, including senior forward Tracie Shipman and freshman
forward Kelly Applegate going five-for-five, senior guard Kim Hughes
four-for-four and sophomore forward Lindsay
Brase, sophomore forward Stephanie Seaman, sophomore guard Nicole
Savino, and freshman forward Jenny Hackleman, each two-for-two.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts,
requested the game ball, a videotape of all 35 successful free-throws,
a game program, a ticket stub, and a box score for the game. As
of February, these all went on display in a wing called “New