Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Did not think the girl could be so cruel

I was as tall as the center on the girls' varsity basketball team when I was in ninth and tenth grade, but I was better suited personality- and skills-wise to sit in the bleachers with the sportswriters and help with stats. As I was pouring cups of water for the players after the games, I'd mumble wistfully to the post players, "you had a double-double." When we watched college hoops at home, I'd ask my step-dad again and again to tell me what was better than a triple-double and what kind of player could possibly achieve such a feat (Hakeem Olajuwon was his go-to reference at the time since he was very precise about not noting the conjectural quardruple-doubles which probably occurred before those stats were recorded regularly). So here's Latiqua Williams at Bard College, of all places (although maybe you see these kinds of statistical anomalies in D-III women's college basketball because of the wide range of programs at that level; here's another basketball anomaly at Bard from last year):
Eight minutes later, with 21 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and 11 steals, Williams had her quadruple-double.

She became only the eighth women’s college player to register one since the N.C.A.A. started keeping full statistical logs in the early 1980s. The previous one was in February 2007 by Danna Purnell of the College at Old Westbury, also in Division III. New Rochelle was on the wrong end of that one, too.

In men’s college basketball, the only quadruple-double came last November, by Lester Hudson of Division I Tennessee-Martin, according to the N.C.A.A. There have been four in the N.B.A.

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