Alex Harden chases Shocker history books

Senior guard Alex Harden might be putting her stamp on Shocker basketball history by the end of this year.

She already has two Missouri Valley Conference tournament MVP awards, two All-MVC first team awards and two MVC All-Defensive team awards to her name. One more award recently bestowed upon Harden was the Preseason MVC Player of the Year award.

The Springfield, Ill., native is chasing the history books as well. She has a chance to set multiple records as a Shocker, two of which are career assists and points.

Kathy Garofalo, Shocker alumna from 1978-82, currently owns the record with a total of 476 career assists.

Harden, with 324 career assists, amassed 163 assists in 33 games last year.

With 31 guaranteed games this season (not including runs into the post-season), she will need to continue her junior year average of 4.93 assists per game in order to surpass Garofalo’s record.

With a total of 153 assists in 31 games this season, Harden will own the career assists record by one.

Shocker alumna Allison Daniel (1982-1986) has 1,638 career points — the school’s record.

Harden, with 1,147 points, needs to average almost 16 points this season in order to pass Daniel’s record.

If she continues her pace from last year, she’ll own this record easily.

Last year, she averaged 17 points per game. 17 per game will give Harden a total of 1,674 career points.

All eyes will be on Harden as she tries to brand her name into the record books.