Jenkins breaks USF career rebounding mark
When Alisia Jenkins finally entered the coveted pantheon she had spent a career trying to reach Sunday afternoon, she didn't even realize it.
USF's 5-foot-11 senior snagged her 1,078th career rebound early in the fourth quarter of the No. 21 Bulls' 61-33 rout of Chattanooga, breaking the 26-year-old record held by Hillsborough High alumnus Wanda Guyton.
Jenkins snagged the record-breaker off the defensive glass with 8:08 remaining, but had no idea until the announcement was made by the Sun Dome p.a. announcer during a media timeout four minutes later, after she had been removed from the lopsided contest.
"When I got out of the game I was like, 'I didn't get the record,'" said Jenkins, who finished with 12 rebounds to give her 1,080 for her career.
"And (classmate) Courtney (Williams) was like, 'Yes you did, they showed it on the (video) board.' ... Because I normally watch on the board where I'm at (statistically) sometimes, and they didn't have it up there, so I was like, lost. I didn't know where I was."
Barely recruited out of Statesboro (Ga.) High (check out our feature story on her from earlier this week), Jenkins set the Bulls' single-season rebounding mark (397) as a junior. She entered Sunday's contest needing 10 rebounds to break Guyton's mark, and had four less than two minutes into the contest.
"I feel very, very happy," she said. "I've been wanting to get this since I came here. I broke the rebounding record at my high school (Statesboro High), so it's nice to break the rebounding record here."