WLU's Malernee breaks two records
Hansen pours in a season-high 33 points
West Liberty Athletics
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Laura Malernee broke a pair of all-time women’s collegiate records and Tori Hansen poured in a season-high 33 points to key the West Liberty women’s 93-66 road romp at Shepherd on Wednesday night.
Malernee’s fifth 3-point field goal of the night, which came at 5:26 of the second half, made her the most prolific 3-point shooter in the history of women’s collegiate basketball.
It was the 398th career 3-pointer for the 5-11 sharpshooter from Gahanna, Ohio. That broke the previous NCAA women’s record of 397 bonus bombs, which had been set by Melissa Beyruti of NCAA Division III Kean (N.J.) from 2005-10.
Malernee’s first 3-pointer of the evening, which came in the game’s opening minute, set another all-time women’s collegiate record. It extended Malernee’s streak of consecutive games with a 3-point field goal to 82 – one better than the previous record, which had been on the books for nearly two decades since Betsy Bergdoll of Queens (N.C.) put together an 81-game streak from 1990-92.
The Hilltoppers (17-3, 12-2) roared out to a 17-0 lead before the game was 5 minutes old and had a 20-0 run later in the first half en route to an insurmountable 59-28 lead at intermission.
West Liberty led by as many as 38 points in the second half before the Rams (10-9, 8-7) were able to trim away some of the deficit in the waning minutes.
Hansen scored 20 points in the first half and went on to finish just two points shy of her career-high 35-point night against W.Va. Wesleyan a year ago. She also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Malernee finished with 17 points while Meghan Wiseman chipped in with a dozen points before fouling out.
Jerica Hewett led Shepherd with 20 points while Jenn Prine and Shelby Fayak added 12 and 11 points, respectively.