HARROGATE, Tenn. — Argos graduate Amberly O’Dell recently rewrote the Lincoln Memorial University women’s basketball record book as she became the program’s all-time leader in 3-pointers.
O’Dell, a 1997 graduate of Argos High School and senior at LMU, hit four triples in the Railsplitters’ 79-75 loss at Catawba on Dec. 3 to surpass her school’s previous career record with a total of 203.
“I’m very blessed to have broken this record with such a great team and under the Coach (Roger) Hodge era,” said O’Dell. “I’m so thankful for all the support my family and Coach Hodge have given me.”
O’Dell’s name is all over the 3-point record boards at LMU.
She moved into the top overall spot in 3-point attempts earlier this year — she currently has 508 — and has 66 in nine games so far this season, which she’s converted at a 46.9-percent clip (31 of 66). In 2009-10 she set school records for both made 3-pointers in a season with 84 and 3-point attempts with 215.
She is also listed sixth on the single season 3-pointers made list with the 58 she recorded as a freshman in ‘08-09. Her .443 conversion rate from beyond the arc that season ranks her sixth in single season 3-point shooting percentage, and she currently boasts a .400 career shooting percentage from deep, rating her fifth on the program’s all-time list.
Additionally, O’Dell has just missed her school’s single-game 3-point record on three separate occasions, pouring in seven treys twice during her freshman season in ‘08-09 and once this year at a game versus Lander Nov. 26 to fall one shy of LMU’s record of eight. She is tied for the program’s record for 3-point attempts in a game with 15 against UNC Pembroke in 2009.
O’Dell owns 770 career points and is averaging 3.5 treys a game, which puts her on pace to break her own 2009-10 record for made 3-pointers in a season.
“As a program, we want to congratulate AO on her accomplishment,” said LMU head coach Hodge. “We are all very proud of the achievements of our players, knowing that the contributions from teammates are paramount in any individual record. Personally, AO is the best pure shooter I have had the privilege to coach, and I could not be happier for her. This honor is well-earned and I have no doubt she will receive many more accolades throughout this season.”
O’Dell came to LMU following a storied career at Argos High School under former Lady Dragons head coach Shelly Newell.
She led the team in scoring every year of her prep career to earn MVP honors all four seasons and finish with a career total of 1,510 points as the Dragons accumulated a 74-20 record — including four undefeated conference slates in the now-defunct Northland Athletic Conference— and her single-season-best 505 points as a junior in 2005-06 helped Argos to a 22-5 Culver Regional championship finish.
She was selected as one of the Top 40 seniors in the state of Indiana and also made Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 100 list during her senior season.