ROCK HILL, S.C. — Senior point guard Dequesha McClanahan became the all-time leading scorer in Winthrop women’s basketball history during the team’s season opener 67-49 victory against College of Charleston on Nov. 10 in the Winthrop Coliseum.
McClanahan, of Oak Ridge, Tenn, finished the game with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as she broke the old record of 1,699 points that had been held by Kim Segars '89 for 25 years. She now has 1,708 and is 143 points away from becoming Winthrop’s career leading scorer for both men and women.
“This was a tremendous victory for our program. We defeated a very, very good College of Charleston team,” said second-year Head Coach Kevin Cook. “I couldn’t be more proud of our players and it is a great start to the season,” he said in his post-game press conference.
“This young lady to my right (McClanahan) is a special player and a special person. She has really matured beyond belief and it has been special to watch. I could get very emotional talking about that aspect. She becomes the all-time leading scorer in the history of the program today, makes every good decision on the court, makes everyone on our team a better player, and all she cares about is winning. She doesn’t care about any individual accolades," Cook added.
McClanahan, when asked if she knew that she had scored the record-breaking basket, said she knew it was coming up, but didn’t know it was that basket. The crowd gave her a standing ovation as the milestone was announced during a media timeout.
“It was nice to hear the crowd. I had some fans standing behind me, but I was still focused on winning the game,” she said.
Winthrop’s next game will come on Friday night, Nov. 15, when the Lady Eagles travel to Davidson for a 7 p.m. game.