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 all-time scoring record as well as those women who have managed to clear 1,000 career points and those who are chasing that tippy top list.
We haven’t actually updated this list since the end of the 2018-19 season when we were tracking all five seniors and their ascent into the top 15. Because then-head coach Carolyn Kieger relied so heavily on those five to get things done in their four years on campus, that left a bit of a void in terms of players hitting that 1,000 point plateau.
After one year on the job, Megan Duffy has changed things up a bit, although entirely by necessity. New leaders means new scoring opportunities, and that means that we have two names to watch during the 2020-21 season.
First up is Selena Lott. After playing a super sub role as a freshman and stepping in to start games as a sophomore following in-season injuries to Allazia Blockton and Erika Davenport, Lott started all 30 of her appearances in 2019-20 and led the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game. That gave her a career best 465 points last year, and that vaulted her all the way up to 810 points in her career. That leaves her 190 points short of becoming the 30th Marquette player to ever score 1,000 career points and 193 points of passing Kerri Christianson for 29th place.
The other woman we’re keeping an eye on this season is Lauren Van Kleunen. It looked like LVK was going to be a big deal out of the gate in 2017-18, as she scored 23 points in her very first collegiate game. That promise never paid off under Carolyn Kieger, and Van Kleunen was stuck averaging 15.5 minutes per game for her first two years and playing part-time minutes and never as a focal point of the offense. That changed under Duffy, as she started 30 times in 32 appearances and averaged 11.8 points per game. That boost of 376 to her career total moved her to 690 and thus into shouting range of 1,000.
The big question for the season will be how many games will Marquette actually play. It took 32 appearances to get to 376 points for Van Kleunen last season. Right now, as I type this on the morning of November 15th, the Golden Eagles have just four games announced as scheduled. We presume at this point that a full 20 game Big East schedule is coming, but there has been no word about any non-conference games at all. LVK would need to average 15.5 points per game if the season turns into only that 20 game Big East schedule, and I don’t know if that seems particularly likely since that’s what Lott scored to lead the team last season. Lott’s quest for 190 is much more doable, particularly as she scored 250 points as the fifth option as a sophomore.
Here’s the list as it stands at the end of the 2020-21 season.
Marquette Women’s Basketball All-Time Scoring Leaders
|30||Lauren Van Kleunen||1,034|