Wisconsin is set to bring in six highly-acclaimed recruits for its women's basketball program next year. Five of the athletes who signed letters of intent in November have played together for with the Chicago Hoops Express AAU team. They hail from major Midwestern metropolitan areas: Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis and two from the greater Chicago area. (see: related stories)
Then there is Jolene Anderson, from tiny Port Wing, Wis., a village of about 500 people located near Lake Superior. It is Anderson, though, who has received the greatest following of late, especially in Wisconsin, and for good reason. Monday evening, Anderson shattered the Wisconsin girls' basketball scoring record, pouring in 34 points in an 81-45 win over Drummond. The 5-foot-8 Anderson now has 2,623 career points, besting Anna DeForge's previous record of 2,601. Anderson is averaging 39.1 points per game this season and has also broken the state's single-game scoring record with a 58-point performance earlier this season.
Wisconsin coach Lisa Stone and assistant Denise Ianello were in attendance at South Shore's gym in Port Wing for the milestone.
"She is a pretty special player," Stone said Tuesday. "Obviously we watched history in the making and she's a great, great prolific scorer and someone we know will have a very bright future here at Wisconsin."
Anderson did a little bit of everything Monday night. She also had 14 rebounds, five steals and six assists, including one that set up teammate Jessica Johnson, allowing her to top the 1,000-point plateau in her career, according to the Daily Telegram in Superior, Wis. Oh, and Anderson sang the national anthem prior the game.
—Betsy Golomski contributed to this report