DECATUR (WCIA) — Records were the last thing on Elyce Knudsen’s mind heading into their game against Carroll.
“My parents both messaged me and they said, ‘Don’t worry about the record. Focus on the game and being with your teammates and focusing on beating Carroll,'” Knudsen said.
The Big Blue came up just short against the Pioneers 80-75, just their fourth loss of the season, but Knudsen scored 38 points to shatter Millikin’s all-time scoring record..
“I truly believe that she wanted that moment to be about the team,” Millikin head coach Olivia Lett said. “She wanted it to be about her teammates and those that have helped her get there.”
The scoring record is just another way Knudsen has cemented her name in the history books less than an hour from where she grew up in Tolono.
“It’s so rewarding,” Knudsen said. “It’s one of the reasons why I came here was to keep my ties with Champaign County and the people that had my upbringing and my career.”
But the 2,046 points and counting is just the newest accolade for the senior after winning the coveted Jostens Trophy last year, annually handed out to the best player in Division-III.
“I think last year her winning the Jostens Award shows how much of a complete person she is and how much she strives to do that,” Lett said. “She wants to be a leader for some of those younger kids who are on her team.”
During her sophomore season she led the Big Blue to a Round of 16 appearance in the NCAA D-III tournament. After falling two years in a row to the eventual national champion, she has high hopes for her senior campaign.
“We’re hoping to win the conference tournament on someone else’s floor now, that’s our number one goal heading into these next few weeks,” Knudsen said. “Then focusing on the games ahead but we want to play as many more basketball games as possible.”
With two weeks left in the regular season, Knudsen will keep adding points to her total and seek out a fourth-straight conference title at this year’s CCIW Tournament.