On Jan. 8, Lane point guard Shelby Snook shot her way into the school record books.
The Titans women’s basketball freshman set the school record for points scored in a single game with 44, breaking the old record of 42, set by Dominique King in 2003.
“I didn’t really realize during the game that I had that many points, but it’s really cool,” Snook said.
Snook shot 16-of-25 from the field, with the majority of her points coming from inside the key on drives to the basket. She also went 12-of-17 from the free-throw line and led the Titans in rebounding with 12.
Her record-breaking performance led the Titans to a crucial 94-93 victory over the fifth-ranked Umpqua Community College Riverhawks.
“Thank goodness we had Shelby tonight,” Lane women’s basketball coach Greg Sheley said. “She’s just so athletic … she can rise and finish over people. It was pretty exciting.”
In a back-and-forth contest that saw 20 lead changes, neither team led by more than seven points during the game.
Despite the Riverhawks knocking down 8-of-17 three-point attempts in the first half, the Titans entered halftime with a 51-48 lead.
Snook racked up 25 points in the first half, and Umpqua guard Ashli Payne nearly matched her shot for shot.
The Riverhawks freshman finished the game with 38 points, including 20 in the first half on 8-of-10 shooting.
Every time Lane started to pull away, the Riverhawks answered with a three.
The game was in Umpqua’s hands on the final possession. After a Lane miss with just seconds remaining, the Riverhawks grabbed the rebound and headed down the court, trailing 94-93.
Umpqua guard Rachel Sample had an open look from just beyond the top of the three-point line, but her shot missed as time expired, and the Titans won.
On Jan. 11, the Titans headed to Gresham for a matchup with the 2-14 Mt. Hood Community College Saints.
The Saints are third to last in the conference in scoring, and were no match for the Titans’ offense.
Seven different players scored at least eight points for Lane to help the Titans pick up an easy 87-44 victory.
Sophomore Tori Mahaffie scored 14 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out seven assists for the Titans, and sophomore Seqoiya Tillman scored 13 points and shot a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range.
“A game like that helps everybody mentally and helps us get some confidence. It takes a lot of pressure off of everybody,” Mahaffie said.
The Titans will return to action when they meet Portland Community College at home Jan. 18.