Heading into Friday night's SUNYAC women's basketball game between Fredonia State (9-5, 4-4) and Potsdam (4-11, 2-6) - a game won by the Blue Devils 74-57 - senior Becky Hebert needed nine points to break Fredonia State's all-time scoring mark of 1,370 points, set by Cheryl Kindzia between the 2004-08 seasons.
She didn't wait too long to get going, as she scored eight of the Blue Devils' first 20 points, as they built a 20-16 lead. Then, after an 8-2 run put the home team up 26-18, Hebert found herself open under the basket for an easy, record-breaking layup.
"I'm very excited," Hebert said. "It's a big accomplishment and I can thank my teammates for it.
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Fredonia State’s Becky Hebert (23) broke the Fredonia State all-time scoring record Friday as she surpassed 1,370 points. The Blue Devils defeated Potsdam, 74-57.
"It's a lot of hard work," Hebert continued. "And like I said, my teammates, I can't thank them enough for helping me get to where I am."
There was no stoppage in play to recognize Hebert's accomplishment, just some high fives on the court and during the next timeout from her teammates and coaches.
"It's nice to see Becky get that now," Fredonia State coach Linda Hill MacDonald said. "It's behind her and she's going to set a new milestone. By the end of her career, there will be a new bar set and somebody else has to come in and knock her off the scoring record."
Hebert's record-breaking bucket with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half helped put the Blue Devils up, 28-18, after the teams battled back-and-forth over the course of the game's early moments.
"I heard I did," Hebert said when asked if she knew she had a chance to break Kindzia's school record for career points. "But I didn't know it was going to happen. It wasn't on my mind."
Potsdam outscored Fredonia State, 8-5, the rest of the way to pull within nine, 35-26, before the break.
"We talked about some of the things we needed to sharpen up," Hill MacDonald said of the message to her team at halftime. "We really didn't change the gameplan from when we went out to start the game."
Staying the course benefited the Blue Devils in the second half as their lead was never in serious doubt. And that was due in large part to the play of Jamie Warren and Sabrina Macaulay.
"Jamie is a machine," Hill MacDonald said of Warren. "She's a workhorse inside for us. She's an undersized post, but she gets that job done. Her teammates did a great job of having an awareness of when she had the defense pinned behind her. She didn't rush anything down there. She really did a nice job of settling and reading where the defense was and countering with a move. She's just a superior player."
Warren tied with Hebert for the game-high in points at 18 while adding a game-high 15 rebounds. As for Macaulay, she finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
"She's gaining more and more confidence," Hill MacDonald said of Macaulay. "And she's like a machine on those boards some times. (Friday) she had a great nose for where the ball was coming off the rim, she did a better job of boxing out and keeping the offense behind her. We always depend on her for rebounding and she certainly came through for us."
Fredonia State outscored Potsdam 29-21 in the second half and out-rebounded them on the night, 46-36.
"Rebounds are possessions," Hill MacDonald said. "Whether they're offensive or defensive possessions. Defensive rebounds start your offense and offensive rebounds makes (the other team) have to play defense for another series. Rebounding is something we really, really stress with this team."
Conference wins are always nice to get, but Friday's seemed even more sweet, especially for Hebert.
"It was a big win," Hebert said. "We're at the half-way point of the season, and it looks like we're only going up from here."
The Blue Devils are back in action this afternoon when they take on Plattsburgh at 2 p.m.