Jerica Coley is 8 points away from 3,000 career points. Coley, who has 2,992 career points, will get her shot at 3,000 when the FIU women's basketball team opens Conference USA tournament play against Rice on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. from El Paso, Texas.
There have only been nine players in NCAA women's basketball history that have scored 3,000 or more career points. Coley would become the 10th player ever in history to do so.
The all-time leading scorer in NCAA women's basketball history is Jackie Stiles of Missouri State, who scored 3,393 points. Depending on how deep the Panthers go in the postseason, Coley could finish as high as fifth on the all-time NCAA scoring list. At No. 5 is Elena Delle Donne of Delaware, who scored 3,039 points.
PITCHING INTO FIU HISTORY
When FIU freshman right-hander Chris Mourelle and junior right-hander Mike Franco pitched back-to-back shutouts last week it became the first time in 32 years that FIU pitchers accomplished the feat.
Mourelle tossed a two-hit shutout against Bethune-Cookman last Wednesday. Franco shut out Charlotte on Saturday afternoon.
The last time FIU pitchers threw back-to-back shutouts was May 4 & 5 in 1982. FIU Sunblazers pitchers Steve Weaver and Robert Govin pitched the shutouts despite each game going just seven innings. Weaver blanked Albany State 13-0 on May 4, and Govin shut out Columbus 9-0 on May 5.
The last time FIU pitchers threw back-to-back 9-inning shutouts was a month earlier in 1982. Rory Brown shut out the Coral Gables school 5-0 on April 11, 1982, and Richard Strasser blanked Florida Tech 4-0 the next day April 12.
Back-to-back shutouts have only been thrown on two other occassions by FIU pitchers in the program's 42-year history. The first pair of FIU pitchers to do so were Dave Deacon (11-0, 7-inning shutout against Florida Tech on April 18, 1976) and Mark May (5-0, 9-inning shutout against St. Thomas on April 19, 1976).
After that Don Brownell (4-0, 9-inning shutout against St. Joe's on March 8, 1979) and Chris Lein (2-0, 9-inning shutout against Eckerd College on March 9, 1979). To this day Lein is still FIU's all-time leader in shutouts with six.
You can listen to the Panthers next game when FIU takes on South Florida from Tampa on Wednesday. First pitch is at 5 p.m. I'll have the call for you on the FIU Sports Radio Network beginning at 4:50 p.m.