Spahar rewrites record book with historic effort in 2013-14

February 26th, 2014


The veteran forward snatched the pass from her long-time running mate, turned and let the ball fly from the free-throw line.


The ball passed through the bottom of the net, and with it, a scoring record was toppled.


That shot with 3:19 remaining in the second half against Marietta College put senior Missy Spahar on top of the John Carroll University women’s basketball career scoring list.


She was removed from the game moments later, giving her 1,831 career points through the end of her final regular season game as a Blue Streak.


Spahar has put together one of the most impressive careers in program history. Her 1,831 points through the end of the regular season is two more than Spahar’s former teammate, Lee Jennings (2007-11). Her career  scoring average of 17.6 points per game still ranks far behind Jennings’ mark of 19.9.


The points record is not the first Spahar bested this season.


She broke Jennings’ career mark of 676 field goals in the Feb. 17 victory over Medaille College, finishing the regular season with 696 total.


The rebounding mark fell one game later against Otterbein University, as Spahar passed Katie Benjamin (1999-2003) as the top player on the boards in program history. She stands at 887 total as of Saturday.


To add to the stats, Spahar has been incredibly durable. If the team advances to the OAC Championship game, she will tie Sheri Skedel (1989-93) for the most games played at 106.


Spahar’s 2013-14 campaign has also risen as one of the most prolific statistical seasons as well.


She needs 42 points and 12 field goals to pass Jennings’ single-season marks of 651 points and 241 field goals in the 2010-11 season.


If the team advances to the OAC Championship game, she and fellow senior Allie Lustig will set the single-season record for the most games played with 29.


“I never dreamed after playing with Lee [in 2010-11] that I would ever break her records,” Spahar said. “Sometimes you get caught up during the game and don’t recognize what you’re really doing.”