William Woods University (WWU) senior guard Katie Scherder turned in a performance for the record books Saturday, as she broke the WWU women’s basketball single-game record for rebounds by grabbing 25 caroms to help the Owls defeat Park University, 71-64, at Anderson Arena.
Scherder’s rebounding performance this weekend ties her for the most in a game by a NAIA player this season, and is the most by an American Midwest Conference player during the 2013-14 campaign. The 5-11 guard surpasses former Owl great and teammate Rachel Baker’s previous single-game rebounding record of 20 rebounds, set back on Jan. 22, 2009 against Columbia College.
Head Coach Dan Chapla had nothing but good things to say about his senior after his team picked up a big win to move them into fourth place in the AMC standings.
“Katie has been just an absolutely phenomenal rebounder for us her entire career,” he said. “She was nothing short of spectacular today, she went after every defensive rebound and helped us limit Park to a lot of one-and-done possessions. She also hit some key shots for us, and that’s what you expect from a senior, and she played that way today.”
Scherder wasn’t fully aware of her accomplishment till after the game, but once she realized what she had just done she was very appreciative and thankful for the performance.
“I didn’t honestly realize I had that many rebounds after the game,” the senior said. “Coach said I had 19 second half defensive rebounds, and I thought I had a total of at least 10. It’s a great honor to see my name in the record book now, and I’m going to have to text Rachel (Baker) after the game and let her know I took her record. I loved playing with her, she was a great teammate, and to be mentioned in the same category as her is an honor within itself.”
Not only did Scherder perform well on the glass, but she was also an offensive force on the afternoon by scoring a season-high 22 points. She was one of three William Woods (16-7; 9-6 AMC) players to record double-digits on the day.
“Katie stepped up and was a senior today,” said Chapla. “I’m really proud of her. She hit a big three in the second half to break a tie and it was good to see her have such a strong offensive showing. She does so many great things for us, and what she did today was phenomenal, as she collected five more rebounds in a game than arguably one of the best players to ever put on an Owls uniform. I’m just really happy for her and she earned it.”
Katie, a 2010 BGHS graduate, is the daughter Kevin and Lisa Scherder of Bowling Green.