Two of Laurentian University's Lady Vees reached milestones in their post-secondary basketball careers in the team's game against the York Lions earlier this month. Lisa Furchner of Sudbury drained her 1,000th CIS point, while Katie Goggins of Hanmer tallied her 500th CIS rebound.
Both players received a round of applause mid-game as the fans recognized their amazing achievement, a press release stated.
Both Furchner and Goggins continue to lead the way for the Lady Vees, who have been struggling this year and find themselves with a 1-8 record. On the court, these two veteran players put everything on the line as they play with a ton of heart and determination each and every night, the press release stated.
“I am very proud of both of them,” head coach Mike Clarke said. “I always knew Lisa had the talent and skill to be a 1,000-point scorer but it takes determination and persistence to get there. She has rarely been 100 per cent healthy and I'm really happy she has achieved such a rare level.
“As far as Katie goes, she never ceases to amaze me,” Clarke continued. “To be such a prolific rebounder at her size is amazing, especially when she has played her whole career alongside the likes of Cassandra Carpenter, Darrah Bumstead and Lisa Furchner. She has been by far the best rebounding guard in the OUA during her career and that stems from her mental and physical toughness.”
Furchner heads into the winter break with 1,007 points, 590 rebounds and a 48.4 shooting percentage in her career over the course of 93 regular season games. Goggins is sitting at 876 points, 503 rebounds and 239 steals through 95 games. The pair of fifth year seniors will strive for more milestones in the second half of the season as they look to guide the Lady Vees into the playoffs for the 40th consecutive year.
OUA action resumes for the Lady Vees on Jan. 7 when they host the Queen's Gaels before the RMC Paladins roll into town Jan. 8. Game time is 6 p.m. on both nights in the Ben Avery Gym.