With the all-time career scoring record in her rear view mirror, Vera Jo Bustos can focus on the passing lane, where her Adams State Grizzlies hope to overtake a team or two in time for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Shootout.
Bustos, a West Las Vegas standout, broke the Grizzlies’ career scoring mark this past Saturday, tallying her 1,719th point in Adams State’s 81-52 rout of Colorado School of Mines.
The record-breaking moment came with 15:25 left in the second half, as Bustos swished a jump shot after grabbing a defensive rebound; the bucket gave ASC a 48-22 cushion
She finished with 22 total points for the night.
Bustos, who eclipsed the school’s NCAA Division II-era career scoring total earlier this season, helped ASC to its sixth straight win. The Grizzlies have a shot at passing Mesa State — whom they visit this Friday — for fourth place and first-round hosting honors in the RMAC Shootout, the league’s postseason tournament.
The game at Mesa State and Saturday night’s regular-season finale at Western State will also give Bustos additional opportunity to build on her newly won school record.
Bustos has started 92 games for the Grizzlies, a high for the team in its NCAA era (1992 to present).
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New Mexico Highlands University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams close the regular season this Saturday evening at Western New Mexico.
Joe Harge’s Cowboys (19-6) are looking for their third straight 20-win season.