Greyhound Sports:
Free-Throw Record

The women’s basketball team set an NCAA record by connecting on all 35 of its free-throw attempts in a Commonwealth Conference 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 20, 1990.

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 and Notable.”

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