With 3:41 remaining in the first half of Tuesday night’s 97-23 Monroe home win over Westchester Community College, Lady Mustang sophomore forward Fantasia Goodwin drove the left side between two Westco defenders, laying the ball in the hoop for her tenth-point of the game. More importantly, that basket gave her 1,275 points in her college career, putting her over the top as the leading scorer in Monroe College basketball history for any male or female player.
“Being a woman,” Goodwin said later, “is part of it. Lots of people don’t think women can be as good as men, but this shows that for women anything is possible.” In setting the record, Goodwin leapfrogged over a number of great Monroe players who went on to play on NCAA Division I teams, like Mike Nurse (Iowa State), Garfield Johns (Utah), John McCord (Cornell, British Basketball League), and Issiah Francis (L.I.U.). It was Francis who set the previous Monroe record of 1,274 points in 1997.
“We were real happy for her,” said Coach Seth Goodman. “She works really hard and is a consistent scorer. We’re real proud that the Monroe women’s program has come a long way.”
Goodwin, who averages more than 28-points-a-game, now has her sights set on the NJCAA, Division III women’s record of 1,456 set by Michele Davis of Herkimer (NY) County CC in 1995.
With Tuesday’s convincing win, the Lady Mustangs, the NJCAA Division III number one-ranked team, improve to 22-0.