RECORD SETTING NIGHTPublished 11:01pm Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Led by Joanna Harden’s record setting performance, Troy broke a two-game losing skid with a 118-103 win over Alabama-Huntsville Tuesday night at Trojan Arena.
Harden rewrote the Troy history book in the win, finishing the night with 52 points. Harden’s point total was not only new Troy women’s and Sun Belt Conference record; it is also the most ever scored in game at Trojan Arena, men or women.
Harden came in to the game hungry for a win, and wanted to do whatever she could to help her team get the W.
“We were on a losing streak, so I felt like we had to take responsibility of being a leader,” Harden said. “I came out to play. I was just determined to win tonight no matter what happened.”
Harden broke the Sun Belt single-game scoring record with a pair of free throws with 1:39 to go.
She broke the school record with a three pointer with 6:20 remaining in the game.
Head coach Chanda Rigby said she envisioned nights like tonight when she accepted the job at Troy.
“When Chancellor Hawkins offered the job to me, the first person I called was not my husband, E,” Rigby said. “It was to this young lady right here (Harden) to try to get her to sign, because the next day was signing day. My teams played against her where I was before. She can be unstoppable, and I am looking forward to many more moments like this.”
Ashley Beverly-Kelley gave Troy the lead for good with a jumper with 8:25 to go in the first half. The “fun-and-gun” style played by the Chargers and Trojans was a welcomed style for Troy.
Rigby looked forward to the matchup.
“I have been looking forward to playing this game,” Rigby said. “Their coach does a lot of things I really respect in the game. He likes to run the ball down the floor and change defenses. It is very similar to what we try to do. I have been wanting to play this game, and super excited to get a win.”
Outside of Harden’s historic night, Ronita Garrett notched a double-double with 10points and 14 rebounds.
Troy will play its next three games at home. The Trojans welcome Jacksonville in to the friendly confines of Trojan Arena Saturday at 1 p.m.