Basketball’s Hardy, Malone Record 1,000 Career Points

February 25, 2004

The Big GameMost Mary Baldwin basketball seasons pass at without a player reaching 1,000 career points. This year, for the first time, two have.

Senior Lynn Malone sank the basket that put her among an elite group of shooters in the Fighting Squirrels’ 103–58 win over Chatham College February 24.

A week earlier, Malone’s roommate, senior Maneisha ‘Moe’ Hardy, drained a shot from behind the arc that set her career scoring at exactly 1,000 points in a competition with Southern Virginia University.

“It’s just awesome,” said coach Jackie Bryan. “It feels good to see this team and these individuals be so successful.”

The team has averaged more than 75 points per game this season, ranking in the top 20 among Division III schools.

Spectators erupted with cheers and waved handmade signs to recognize the athletes’ accomplishments. Each was awarded with a Mary Baldwin game ball – Hardy handed hers over, with a hug, to her uncle in the bleachers.

On the night Hardy recorded this season’s first 1000-point career, she recognized other players on the team were within striking distance of the achievement.

“It’s never been a competition,” said Hardy, the team’s 5-foot 3-inch point guard. “I thought some of my teammates would get there before me, actually.”

Hardy has started in more than 90 games during her four years at Mary Baldwin and she broke two Mary Baldwin records – for career assists and steals – this season.

Lynn Malone“I was definitely more shocked to realize I could score 1,000 points than I was about reaching the steal and assist records,” she said. “I wasn’t known for scoring.”

Hardy and Malone are the fifth and sixth Mary Baldwin players to reach 1,000 points. Gayla ‘Goldie’ Dodson ’84 holds the scoring record with 1,331 points. Dodson is followed by Nina Mouzone ’01 with 1,123 points, Christy Shelton ’87 with 1,061 points, and Kim O’Donnell ’82 with 1,005 points.

Heading into the second round of conference championship play February 27, Hardy had 1,045 points and Malone 1,009.

A computer information systems major, Hardy will commission as an officer in the Army after graduation in May. She hopes to play basketball for the Army and coach.

Malone, a psychology major, plans to stay in the area and continue to work with children at a local day care.