Story first appeared in the Feb. 19, 2015 edition of the Spectator.
Aignee’ Freeland took only two and a half seasons to eclipse 1,000 points in her collegiate basketball career.
It was only fitting for the junior to race to the plateau Wednesday night, scoring her nine needed points in the first 4:44 of the contest, reaching the milestone before the first media timeout.
“It was definitely a big weight off my chest,” Freeland said about achieving the accolade very early in the contest.
Freeland neared 1,000 during the Feb. 7 contest at Mercyhurst, where she exited the game with 991 points. Despite knowing she was that close coming in to Wednesday, the York, Pa., native said it wasn’t on her mind.
“I tried not to think about it too much,” she said after the team’s win against Slippery Rock. “I just went out and played my game. I didn’t really think about 1,000 points.”
Freeland’s game on Wednesday was a memorable one overall, as well as the 30th Edinboro player to score 1,000 markers, she recorded 29 points, just two shy of her career high.
Her head coach, Stan Swank, said he is accustomed to that level of play from Freeland recently.
“Aignee’s 1,000 is just a tremendous achievement especially when you do it in your junior year,” he said. “She really is playing really well right now. She’s playing very stable and she’s very consistent. She is our aircraft carrier in the middle and she is a great person off the court. She is fun to be around. Her teammates like her and it is just a great situation with her.”
Freeland is the second member of the women’s basketball team to celebrate 1,000 points this season as graduate guard Laurel Lindsay scored her 1,000th point back on Jan. 10.
Another one of her teammates and classmate, Lauren Hippo, believes Freeland is a force to be reckon with.
“I think Aignee’ does a great job,” Hippo said. “When her head is in it, she is unstoppable for us and she can stop anyone she wants to.”
Freeland has stepped up her game for the Scots this season as she is the squad’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 14.6 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game, as of Feb. 12. Additionally she leads Edinboro in scoring average, field goal percentage, field goals made and field goals attempted.
With still having one more year after this season left in her collegiate career, Swank believes there isn’t a cap on how high Freeland can go.
“I think she has really grown a lot from where she was as a freshman,” he said. “Every game we are trying for her to get better and better. I think the more confident she gets the better she is going to get attitude-wise, and mentally. I think the sky is the limit for her.”