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Freeman Sets Women’s Free Throw Record

February 7, 2003

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) _ Jacksonville State’s Shanika Freeman set a women’s NCAA record by making 22 consecutive free throws in a game Thursday night.

Freeman went 22-of-22 from the line against Florida Atlantic, breaking the previous single-game mark of 20 in a row held by two players. Kristeena Alexander of George Mason did it against Central Florida in 1996. Liz Beggs of Kent State tied the mark against St. Bonaventure in 2000.

``It’s OK, but we still would have liked to have won,″ Freeman said. ``The last couple of games I would shoot a lot of free throws after the shootaround. Guess it paid off.″

The men’s single-game record is 24 consecutive set by Oklahoma State’s Arlen Clark in 1952.

Freeman, a 6-foot-1 sophomore center from Chattanooga, Tenn., finished the game with a career-high 42 points on 10-of-17 shooting. She added 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals, but the Gamecocks lost 96-83 to Florida Atlantic, thanks mostly to 37 turnovers.

``I knew she was getting to the line a lot,″ Jacksonville State coach Dana Austin said. ``I was wondering in my mind if it was some type of record. Normally she is a tremendous free throw shooter. She truly deserves it because of the work she puts in.″

The NCAA record for consecutive free throws is 60 set by Ginny Doyle of Richmond in 1992. Gary Buchanan of Villanova holds the men’s record, making 73 straight in 2000-01.

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