Basketball player Katrina Scruggs reached 1,000 career points during Mary Baldwin University’s January 4 game with Washington and Lee University, but she is not slowing down. With an annual average of more than 300 points, the 5’ 8” guard is on pace to become the college’s all-time leading basketball scorer.
“I was pretty proud,” said Scruggs, a healthcare administration major from Norfolk, Virginia. “I am a big statistic person; I like to keep track of my numbers and other players at other schools and to make sure I am on top.”
A three-year starter for the team, Scruggs’ forte is scoring, particularly on fast-break opportunities and driving in through defenders at the baseline, said Head Basketball Coach and Sports Information Director Jackie Bryan. “At this rate, if she remains healthy, she has a good shot at the all-time record,” Bryan said.
The record was set by Gayla “Goldie” Dodson and it has stood for 20 years. A 1984 graduate, Dodson scored 1,331 points during her career at Mary Baldwin. The only other player to reach the 1,000-point mark in her junior year was Christy Shelton ’87, who now serves as the head softball coach at Mary Baldwin.
Bryan was thrilled to welcome Scruggs as the third player in two seasons to hit the elite mark, although she was not altogether surprised – the team averaged 75 points per game in 2003-04. Moe Hardy ’05 and Lynn Malone ’05 each surpassed 1,000 career points last year, accomplishments that were celebrated at home games.
Scruggs sunk the noteworthy basket 15 minutes into the Fighting Squirrels’ match up at Washington and Lee. Dozens of friends and family made the trip to Lexington, among them Scruggs’ mother, to whom she passed off the game ball she received as a token for her performance.
“I’m right where I want to be – playing well and chasing the record,” Scruggs said.