Mariah Seals, a Richmond native and star basketball player at Utah Valley University, has become the sixth player in the school’s history to reach the career 1,000-point mark.
Seals, a junior, achieved the milestone in a loss to Seattle University on Saturday, but the bucket that topped the 1,000 mark was memorable. The 5-3 guard dribbled the ball past half-court with seven seconds in the third-quarter and drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
She finished with 12 points and a team high six assists, but says she would have preferred a win for her team.
“That’s all that I want to be able to do, bring an extra edge and give energy to our team to help us get wins,” Seals said. “Unfortunately it didn’t come in a win. It’s great, but at the same time I think I’m more focused with us trying to pull out a win.”
Seals now has 1,005 career points heading into her next game Thursday against University of Missouri-Kansas City. Utah Valley (6–16 overall, 1-6 conference) has seven more games to play before the Western Athletic Conference tournament.
Utah Valley head coach Cathy Nixon called Seals’ feat “special,” adding she’s worked hard to deserve it.
Seals has started and played in all 83 games in her career thus far, which puts her in a three-way tie for the fourth most starts in program history.