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UGF's Legel Not Done Writing in History Books

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Erin Legel's career has always been defined by her ability to get buckets. But this bucket was the one that launched her in the record books.

Erin entered their last game needing 16 points to reach UGF's all-time career scoring record. She scored 17 to put her career total at 1,751. Her coach will tell you that she worked for every point.

"It's kind of a culmination of all that time she spends in the gym," says head coach Bill Himmelberg. "I don't know how many times I've come in here, she's in here shooting all by herself. Or I come in and she's here after practice and she's the last one to leave. I come in, on her day off she's in here shooting. And we got to see her break the record."

The Coeur d'Alene native has come a long way since earning Frontier Freshman of the Year honors on a team that was two games under .500. The next two years she would win the conference scoring title, earn two All-American recognitions and last season she helped lead the Lady Argos to a historic season that included an appearance in the Elite 8. But Erin will tell you that the only stat that matters to her is what's on the scoreboard.

"I'm a competitor and want to win," says Legel. "if I score, I score. If it helps us win, that's it."

"She just wants to win," says Himmelberg. "we always focus on that first and the other stuff just comes naturally for her."

After his team had a comfortable lead, Coach Himmelberg called a timeout just so to make sure Erin and her teammates could relish in the historic moment.

"I was really wondering why he called a timeout," says Legel. "I was hoping he was subbing because we were up by a bunch at that point and I was like, 'okay do I get to come out? I'm ready to sit down.' And then he told me 'congratulations' and they announced it on the P.A."

Now that she has the record, her next goal is to do what no other Lady Argos have ever done.

"My next goal is 2,000," says Legel. "that's kind of where my eyes are set right now. I was hoping to not get 16 so that I could break it here. But I wasn't able to."

She may not have gotten the chance to break the record at home. But the good thing about her new place in school history is that she has the next three months to finish writing her final chapter.

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