By Brad Morris
Amanda-Clearcreek graduate Alyssa Evans surpassed 1,000 career points on Saturday in leading Ursuline College to a 75-63 win over visiting Walsh University.
Evans entered the game needing 13 points to reach 1,000 points and accomplished the feat during the third quarter.
“I drove left from the right wing and finished with a layup on the right,” Evans said of the play when she reached the career milestone. “I was super excited. I obviously knew this was possible for me at the college level, but I wasn’t sure that I would get the opportunity, so I was very grateful. Even a little emotional!”
She finished the game with 18 points.
Evans has a long track record as a scorer, including holding Amanda-Clearcreek’s career scoring record with 1,776 points in a prep career that included leading the Aces to back-to-back district championships in 2018 and 2019.
Now a senior at Ursuline, an NCAA Division II institution located in the Cleveland metropolitan area, Evans is leading the Arrows by averaging 18.9 points and is the third leading scorer in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
“I have finally figured out the driving game on top of shooting the three, so I feel like I’m more of a dynamic player this year,” said Evans, who is shooting 40 percent from the field. “I feel like I’ve been playing well this season and I’ve had an important role on my team this year as more of a scorer, but my teammates have definitely been stepping up so much and have done a great job distributing the ball.”
Evans discussed her goals for the rest of the season, which includes helping the Arrows (6-5) qualify for the conference tournament.
“I just want to go out and compete at my best every day,” she said. “Then to hopefully make a good competitive run in the conference tournament. We have not made the tournament since I’ve been there, so it’s an important goal for me this year!”