ncaa division iii basketball

Twice as nice: Melinda Ogden, once again, nets 1,000 career points

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 3:30pm

CASTINE — The accomplishments continue to roll in for Searsport native Melinda Ogden, now a senior on the Maine Maritime Academy women’s basketball team in the collegiate ranks. 

In a Sunday afternoon victory over Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Ogden tallied a career-high 33 points, tying the Maine Maritime women’s basketball single-game record. 

At the same time, she surpassed 1,000 career points as a collegiate basketball player — the same feat she accomplished at Searsport District High School. 

Ogden becomes just the ninth player in Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball history to reach the milestone, according to the MMA sports information department. 

Ogden now has 1,019 career collegiate points. 

Earlier this season, on Jan. 25, she set a three-pointers record when she successfully made nine three-pointers during a road victory against the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

The nine three-pointers was a school record for most three-pointers made in a women’s basketball game. 

That record came after Ogden set the team record for most three-pointers made in a player’s collegiate career. 

In a 2018 interview, Ogden noted she began her athletic career in gymnastics career at four-years-old, an activity she only briefly participated in. 

“[A]fter three weeks of no progress my father decided maybe basketball would be a better fit and surely it was,” she recalled. “Basketball eventually consumed every ounce of my time for the fact that I loved all aspects of the game: competing, shooting, handling the ball, and even defense.” 

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