AURORA, N.Y. – Senior Holli Erkson (Cooperstown, N.Y.) became the second student-athlete in the history of the Wells College women's basketball team to score at least 1,000 points on Saturday. Erkson and the Express posted a decisive 96-44 victory over the Phoenix from Wilson College, moving to 12-7 overall on the year and to 8-4 within the North Eastern Athletic Conference.
Entering the day with 985 career points to her credit, Erkson surpassed the 1,000-point threshold after collecting a cross-court pass from freshman Carley Ryan (Middleburgh, Pa.) and pouring home a three-point basket with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter. Finishing with 19 points, she enters Sunday's game against Gallaudet with 1,004 career points to place her second all-time in team history.
Across a 90-game career in a Wells uniform, Erkson ranks first all-time in three-point baskets made (128), three-point baskets attempted and free throw percentage (.779). She is second all-time in team history in assists (222), minutes played (2,706) and steals (152) with six regular season games to play.
In addition to leading the team with 19 points on Saturday, Erkson made a team-leading nine field goals (9-for-18) and posted three steals. Junior Ashida Cooper (Bensalem, Pa.) finished with 16 points and a team-leading four steals while freshman Shelby Medovich (Harpursville, N.Y.) posted 15 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman Vielka Barber (Holly Springs, N.C.) and senior Jasmine Thomas (Las Vegas, Nev.) rounded out the double-digit point scorers with 12 and 11 points off the bench, respectively. All 16 players scored at least two points and each player had at least one rebound in the contest.
Wells shattered its single-game program record for point scoring with 96 points while also setting records for field goals made (40) and field goals attempted (98). The team also combined for 65 rebounds, the third-most in a game for Wells dating back to the program's inception in 2010. Additionally, the team's 18 combined steals and 20 assists are the seventh and ninth most, respectively, in program history.
Trailing by a 4-2 margin only 53 seconds into the game, Wells utilized a 14-0 run to open up a 16-4 lead with 6:10 remaining in the first quarter. Wilson saw the scoring streak end for Wells after a Jordyn Day three-point basket, but the Express came right back with a seven-point run to capture a 23-7 lead.
Wells would conclude the first quarter with a 33-11 lead after ending the stanza on an 8-0 run, capped by a three-point basket and a layup by Ryan. In the second quarter, a Thomas three-point basket sparked a 16-6 run to conclude the first half of play with a 55-22 lead. Erkson's record-setting three-point basket would eventually put Wells up by 40 points, 72-32.
The fourth quarter saw more offense from Wells as the team opened with a 19-2 scoring run that grew the hosts lead to 52 points, 91-40.
Purvis led Wilson with 12 points while Day finished with 11 points. Morgan Wonders posted a team-leading seven rebounds.
Wells returns to action Sunday, Feb. 7 as it hosts Gallaudet University at 3 p.m. in the Farenthold Athletic Wing.