Wednesday, November 24, 2010

JMU's Evans approaches 2,000-point club

When she takes the floor against Iowa in Thursday's Caribbean Challenge, James Madison star Dawn Evans will need only 17 points to reach 2,000 for her career. Given that she averages 25.7 points per game (on, no kidding, 25.7 shots per game), we like her chances.

But what kind of shot will she make to get the milestone? A 3-pointer? A deuce? A free throw? Well, here's how Evans' 1,983 points to date have broken down:

3-pointers -  894 (45.1 percent)
2-pointers -  676 (34.1)
free throws - 894 (20.8)

As you can see, Evans scores on something other than a 3-pointer a slight majority of the time (54.9 percent). But if you have to pick just one, the numbers say bet on the long bomb.

By the way, Evans is also within reasonably close range of Tamera Young's school record for career points (2,121). And if she maintains her current scoring average, Evans will break Gabriela Marginean's freshly minted CAA points record (2,581) on Feb. 20 at Delaware. Were it to happen there, Evans would be breaking the record in front of the player who is threatening to put the mark out of sight. As a freshman last season, Blue Hens star Elena Delle Donne scored a conference-record 774 points. Three more years of that and Delle Donne would close her career with 3,096 points.

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