Kaup Sets George Mason’s All-Time Assist Record
Posted: March 2, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
On Sunday, senior point guard Courtney Kaup became George Mason’s all-time assist leader, surpassing the old record of 500 held by Linda Jones since 1985. Jones, the head girls coach at South Lakes High School, played for the Patriots from 1981 to 1985.
Kaup began the game at East Carolina needing just three assists to go over 500. At 16:43 in the second half, Kaup found longtime teammate senior Jill Bartley, who converted a lay-up to give her the record-breaking assist. “Distributing the ball is Courtney’s best skill,” says third-year head coach Debbie Taneyhill. “It’s very fitting that Courtney leaves George Mason with this record.”
Kaup will leave her mark with several other records as well. As a sophomore, she recorded a George Mason single-season record 189 assists–also the 10th most in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) history. She earned honorable mention All-Virginia honors and finished the season ranked No. 12 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association in assists per game.
Against UNC-Wilmington in 1998, Kaup recorded seven steals, which tied a Patriot Center record for steals in a game. Just last week in a 99-89 win over Virginia Commonwealth, Kaup tied another record held by Jones, dishing out 16 assists. That also set a Patriot Center record, and it was the second-most in a game in the CAA.
Over her career, Kaup has double-figure assists in nine games, including three times this season. She is ranked No. 4 in the CAA, averaging almost five assists per game. She stands at No. 6 in the CAA record books for all-time assists. Kaup ranks No. 13 among the Patriots all-time steal leaders with 136, and in the top 35 in scoring with over 400 career points.