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Kentucky Wesleyan College’s women’s basketball team made it to the NCAA Division II national tourney this year but lost 79-67 in the first round to Michigan Tech Friday.
That loss certainly wasn’t Tell City graduate Lauren Goffinet’s fault, though, as she finished her college career with probably her best game ever for the Panthers.
She scored a season-high 23 points on 9 of 12 field-goal shooting, including 3 of 5 from three-point range, and 2 of 2 free throws.
She also grabbed five rebounds (just one behind team leader Jordanne Gambill) and made one steal.
The big game gave Goffinet 1,003 points for her college career, making her the 16th player in KWC women’s history to surpass the 1,000-point mark.
KWC co-coaches Caleb and Nicole Nieman like to use a lot of players extensively (nine Panthers averaged at least 13.0 minutes per game this season), which makes it hard for anyone to rack up huge statistics.
But Goffinet, a 5-foot-11 forward/guard, led the 20-9 Panthers in scoring with 11.8 points per game this season, 2.2 points per game ahead of runner-up Bianca Barton.
Goffinet also led the team in three-point field goals made with 40 and minutes played with 26.5 per game.
She was second in three-point shooting percentage with 40.4 percent to Barton’s 43.3 percent. Goffinet had 39 more attempts than Barton.
Goffinet was third on the team in rebounding at 3.9 per game.
She hit 43.4 percent from the field overall and 66.7 percent at the free-throw line. She averaged 1.0 assists and 0.9 steals per game.
Going into her senior season she ranked fourth on KWC’s career three-point shooting list at 37.6 percent and she raised that to 38.4 percent with her performance this year.
She was already in the school’s top eight in career three-pointers made entering the season and moved up to fifth with a final total of 134.
She once made seven three-pointers in a game, which is a KWC record.
Goffinet’s durability was also impressive. She holds KWC’s record for most games played in her career with 114.
She holds the same record for Tell City with 88.
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Four Tell City graduates have scored at least 1,000 points in their high school girls basketball careers and three of them matched that feat in their college careers.
Goffinet joins Krista Blunk, who did it for the University of Evansville 1989-93, and Laura McClintic, who did it for KWC 2004-08.
Kara Kessans came within 12 points of doing it for the University of Louisville 1998-2002 but fell short because she missed 17 games with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her freshman season.
It would be hard to find any high school basketball team—boys or girls—that has had all of its 1,000-point scorers score so well in college basketball.
Current Tell City senior McKenzie Hayes, who tallied 1,022 points for the Marksmen, will likely break that string, though.
Not that she’s not capable of scoring 1,000 points in college basketball, but she has chosen instead to play volleyball for the University of Memphis.