Kelsey Anselmi sets new career assist mark
Senior guard pushes record to 456 assists and counting
- Sunday, February 24, 2013
Records were meant to be broken.
As cliche as that sounds, it's the truth and for Benedictine women's basketball coach Chad Folsom, he's coached his fair share of record-breaking players as the head coach for the Raven women.
"(Kelsey) is a strong point guard that is very unselfish and has always puts the team first," said Coach Folsom. "We knew that she was going to be able to break the record (Saturday) but the team wasn't focussed on it.
"It was just kind of one of those things that we all knew was going to happen."
Headed into the Ravens Senior Day game on Saturday, guard Kelsey Anselmi (Sr., Olathe) needed one assist to become the Ravens career assist leader.
That one pass came at the 17:50 mark of the first half on a pass to fellow senior Liz Stinson (Stilwell).
"I popped out, Liz popped out, I hit her and she put it in," said Anselmi, who finished the day with six assists to move her career mark to 456. "Liz didn't even know what had happened. She asked me why I was going crazy and then she realized what had happened."
The fact that even her fellow Senior wasn't conscience of what was happening, was typical of the 2012-13 Ravens.
"We knew that it was going to happen sometime," said Anselm. "No one was worried about getting the record but it was nice to get it out of the way."
The pass from Anselmi to Stinson broke an early tie in the game that Benedictine went on to win 71-56 locking up the two-seed in the upcoming HAAC Postseason Tournament.
The assist record was held by former Raven Angela Campbell, who graduated in 2006 and played on another great Coach Folsom squad.
"Both Angela and Kelsey played on some pretty good teams, especially during their Senior years," said Coach Folsom. "They both had a lot of strong players around them and were very strong point guards themselves.
"Great teams are going to have great point guards and Angela and Kelsey were and are great leaders for the team."
While the assist records ends up being focussed on one player, it's not like a scoring record, shooting record or even a rebounding record. Assists records are ultimately about the team.
"It's a cool record to break," said Anselmi. "It's cool because it really is a team record. I can't get credit for the assist if my teammates don't score so this is really more about the team for me."
Anselmi and the Ravens, currently ranked No. 12 in NAIA Div. I, wrap up the regular season on Monday – weather permitting – with a trip to Baldwin City to take on Baker University at 5:30 p.m.
The HAAC Postseason Tournament is slated to begin on Thursday, Feb. 28 and will run Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday. Benedictine is in position to host their first two games.