Two members of the Ohio Wesleyan women’s basketball team made Bishop history two weeks ago as they reached a remarkable career milestone.
Tyler Cordell and Pam Quigney ’11 both reached the 1,000-point mark in their playing careers at OWU. Cordell was only the 12th in women’s basketball history at OWU to do so during the Hampton Inn & Suites/Damon’s Grill Tip-Off Tournament in Wilmington on November 19. Quigney became the 13th to reach the marker the following day.
Classmate and friend Kayla Gordon ’11 reached this milestone last year.
Both Cordell and Quigney said they knew how close they were to the mark when this season began.
“Last year, people made a big deal that the three of us could have gotten (to 1,000 points) in the same year,” Cordell said.
“It’s a great accomplishment for all of us and it’s going to bond the three of us together forever.”
Quigney said she knew she only had 32 points to score before she reached 1,000 at the start of this year.
“I knew it would come just playing my game,” she said. “I didn’t want to focus on just the point count.”
Cordell and Quigney have both seen time on the court since their freshman year, and have been starting since they were sophomores. They play different roles as guards on the floor, and rely heavily on each other and the rest of the team for support.
“We’re beneficial for each other,” Cordell said. “I know most of those points I scored, Pam or Kayla was right there assisting me.”
The Bishops have been busy with tournaments so far. They were in Illinois last weekend and will be in Missouri this weekend for the Washington University McWilliams Classic. Quigney joked that she feels like a Division I basketball player because of all the traveling.
The Bishops will face tough competition in Missouri. Washington was the national champion last year, and New England and Elmhurst will also be fighting to be tournament champions.
“I hope we get to play Wash U,” Quigney said. “I really want to play them.”
Cordell said she is excited to face some tough competition.
“There’s always a little nervousness in the back of my mind before tipoff,” she said. “But once the whistle blows it doesn’t matter what your record is.”