UAFS women’s basketball coach Louis Whorton etched another milestone in what has been a legendary college coaching career last Thursday night, earning his 600th career win.
Freshman forward Justyne Huber posted a double-double to lead the Lady Lions to a 59-55 Heartland Conference win against the Oklahoma Christian Lady Eagles at the Stubblefield Center.
UAFS (3-10, 3-4) snapped a three-game losing streak in winning the opening game of the two-game, home-and-home series with Oklahoma Christian (5-6, 1-4), which is a provisional NCAA Division II member.
Whorton, who has spent his entire 28-year college coaching career at UAFS, has compiled a 600-252 win-loss record that includes a NJCAA Division I National Championship and one NJCAA National Runner-up finish.
He is the winning-est Lady Lions basketball coach and is a member of the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Huber scored 20 points and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds to lead the Lady Lions, who trailed 31-30 at halftime. UAFS shot just 30 percent from the field (20 for 66) – they were only 4-for-20 shooting from 3-point range – and shot 79 percent from the free-throw line (15 for 19).
Freshman guard Sydney Franklin came off the bench to chip in 11 points and was the only other Lady Lion to score in double-figures.
The Lady Eagles shot just 26 percent from the field (16 for 61) – they were 10-for-30 shooting from 3-point range – and shot only 68 percent from the free-throw line (13 for 19). Senior guard Krista Stevens and junior guard Logan McKee had 12 and 10 points, respectively, and made five of Oklahoma Christian’s 10 treys.
Junior forward Emma Gade had a team-high eight rebounds, but the Lady Eagles were out-rebounded by the Lady Lions by three rebounds (51-48).
UAFS 59, OC 55
OC 31 24 — 55
UAFS 30 29 — 59
OC (5-6, 1-4): Stevens 12, McKee 10, Hamilton 9, Martin 7, Gade 6, Stanford 5, Wayne 4, Morris 2
UAFS (3-10, 3-4): Huber 20, Franklin 11, Terry 6, Howard 5, Perry 5, Backus 4, N’Goran 2, Holbert 2, Allen 2, Followwell 2