Go LONG—KHS grad sets Elmhurst record

By on February 18, 2010

by Mike Slodki
NAPERVILLE—The journey to the top is over.

Kaneland High School 2006 graduate Lyndsie Long of Sugar Grove made Elmhurst College women’s basketball history on Tuesday night at Merner Fieldhouse in Naperville, scoring a team-high 18 points in a 79-67 win at North Central College and becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer.

“I always had a goal to be the all-time leading scorer at Kaneland, too, and it didn’t happen,” Long said. “This started freshman year, and I kept it in the back of my head, and now I finally did it.”

Fans with sign

Several well-wishers of Lyndsie Long had a finished product to their countdown in the Merner Fieldhouse bleachers at NCC on Tuesday. Photo by Mike Slodki

A senior, Long was 11 points away coming into the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) contest.

Long has amassed 1,788 points, eclipsing Karen Kinsella’s mark of 1,780.

The record-breaking basket came two minutes into the second half on an offensive putback, only after a couple of missed foul shots and field goal attempts that left her tied with the record going into the halftime break.

“I was like, ‘this can’t be happening’,” Long said. “I was trying not to be nervous, and of course you’re going to be because you know it’s right there in your hands. I was stuck on 10 for awhile, and I wanted to get it so I didn’t have to worry about it.”

Elmhurst, with the win, improved to 16-8 (9-4 CCIW) and secured a berth in the postseason tournament.

Long, now averaging 24.1 points per game, drove through more noteworthy roadblocks on her way to college basketball history in the games leading up to Tuesday.

In a 75-68 win over North Park University on Saturday, Long scored 30 points and hit four three-pointers to become Elmhurst’s all-time leader in trifectas with 160.

Record-breaking shot

Lyndsie Long’s offensive putback early in the second half on Tuesday at North Central College leads to a place at the top of the Elmhurst College record books. Courtesy of Steve Woltmann

On Feb. 10 in an 85-84 heartbreaker loss to visiting Carthage College, Long set a single-game scoring mark for the Elmhurst Bluejays with 45 points, breaking a record that stood for 24 years, and set a CCIW record that stood since 1994.

Long, who provided a major component of Kaneland girls basketball squads along with Jessica Lund, Kelsey Flanagan, Sarah Coppert and Kaiti Roy, sits at second place in the Lady Knights’ scoring list behind current Waubonsee women’s basketball coach and Aurora University standout Dana Wagner.

Elmhurst ends its regular season hosting Wheaton College on Saturday, Feb. 20.