By now, you should be more than familiar with our series of regularly updating leaderboards for various Marquette Golden Eagles sports accomplishments. Keep checking back to that link in the previous sentence for our charts as the seasons continue to churn through history and MU’s various teams continue to create new memories and accomplishments.
Here, we’re going to talk about the Marquette women’s basketball’s all-time assists record and the top 14 and who’s approaching it.
As has been the case since 2006, Carolyn Kieger is MU’s all-time assists leader. She put up 694 assists in four seasons to knock Joan Pitrof off the top of the podium for the first time since 1990. I always thought that one of the most fascinating parts of Kieger’s five years in charge of MU women’s hoops is how she came up with an incredibly dynamic offense that generated assists left, right, and center..... but prevented anyone from challenging her career record. Four of Kieger’s four-year stars ended up in the top 10 all-time, led by Amani Wilborn at 473, but no one came any closer than that. If Kieger’s offensive design had led to a more centralized distribution figure, you’d have to presume that someone could have come close to 700 assists. After all, Wilborn, Natisha Hiedeman, and Danielle King are 5-6-7 all time in program history with a total of 1,367 assists while playing together, and Allazia Blockton chipped in 366 more.
ANYWAY, we’re here to talk about the 2020-21 season, and that means looking at Selena Lott. The New York native was highly successful in her first full year as a starter and first full year as the primary distributor on the squad. She averaged 5.6 assists per game to finish with 169 on the season. That gives her 249 for her career and puts her just 91 assists away from Kristen Maskala in 14th place all time at 340 helpers.
I think it’s safe to presume that Lott will get past Maskala at some point in 2020-21. The question really is how high up the list can Lott go? If she gets another 169 assists, that’s 418 and has her in 9th place all time. But that was 169 assists in 30 games a year ago. Right now, as I type this on the afternoon of November 15th, Marquette has only announced four Big East games, so even presuming that we’re going to see a full 20 game league schedule as expected is starting to push it a little bit.
Still, five assists per game in a 20 game league schedule is 100, and that’s enough for Lott to surpass Maskala. Anything else past that is dependent on how much of a season we actually get to see this year.
Here’s the all-time list at the end of the 2020-21 season.
Marquette Women’s Basketball All-Time Assists Chart