Gina Lombard Scores Nine Three-Pointers, Breaks School Record


Photo Courtesy of Thomas Hill

Gina Lombard possesses the ball against The College of Wooster.

Last Saturday, women’s basketball defeated the College of Wooster Fighting Scots 100–65. Gina Lombard, a third-year guard for the team, made history, scoring nine three-pointers throughout the game and beating the previous school record of eight. Overall, she scored a total of 29 out of the 100 points and added six rebounds and two assists, contributing greatly to the Yeowomen’s victory. The team now has a 14–8 overall record and a 7–4 record in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Before the game began, however, Lombard was unaware of the previous school record and was primarily focused on breaking her own personal record as the game went on.

“I was really just trying to break my career high, which was six,” Lombard said. “I had already hit six by halftime, so I was just telling my teammates that I wanted to hit one more and break my own record. I hadn’t even thought about what the program record was at that point.”

After emerging from the game, Lombard was surrounded by her encouraging teammates and coaches.

“My teammates have been extremely supportive,” she said. “After the game, I walked into the classroom and they all dumped water on me and we celebrated. It was really sweet.”

Lily Najmulski, a first-year guard, was impressed by Lombard’s accomplishments, but moreso with her teammate’s leadership.

“As a first-year shooting guard, seeing Gina break the three-point record was inspiring,” Najmulski said. “I feel lucky to play alongside Gina, and I can’t wait to keep learning from her. Gina is an important part of the team, both on and off the court. Even while she was setting the record, she was encouraging me to shoot the ball. Gina is a competitor who wants to play well and pushes others to do the same.”

Camille Zinaich, a second-year guard and forward on the team, scored 12 points throughout this game and was also awed by Lombard’s abilities and the team’s victory on the court.

“I was really happy with the win and scoring a hundred points, since Oberlin women’s basketball hasn’t scored a hundred points since 2002,” Zinaich said. “Gina has been a consistent leader on and off the court and, with momentum from the Wooster game, the team is well positioned for our final games and the tournament.”

After her outstanding performance on Saturday, Lombard has high hopes for the remainder of the season. “I think if I had to pick my next goal, it’d be to break the 3s made in a single season,” she said.

Najmulski also highlighted how essential the victory against Wooster was for the team.

“Beating Wooster this year was important because it will, hopefully, give us momentum as we continue our conference play and into the conference tournament,” Najmulski said.

Beating Wooster was no small feat, and it demonstrated how the women’s basketball team continues to put up impressive performances on the court. Since the Wooster game, the Yeowomen defeated Hiram College Wednesday, Feb. 8, 64–47. They face DePauw University Feb. 11 at home 1 p.m.