Howard Herman | Designated Hitter: Remembering the night Anna Kinne set a scoring mark at the Mullins Center
Pipkins broke a school record for most points in a game. Billy Tindall scored 41 in a 96-58 win over Vermont on Feb. 10, 1968. Tindall was the first UMass player ever drafted by an NBA team, taken in the 13th round by the old Cincinnati Royals.
According to the UMass record book, Pipkins broke Trey Davis' record of 40 points scored in the Mullins Center, set back in 2015. The actual record in the Mullins Center, though, was not set by a UMass player. It was not set by a college player at all.
For those of us who saw it, the record was held by Monument Mountain's Anna Kinne.
Kinne's Monument Mountain Spartans had just won the 1996 Western Massachusetts Division II championship, and had a game with Central Mass. champion Shepherd Hill in the Mullins Center.
Kinne scored 42 points in a 63-55 win over Shepherd Hill, sending Monument to the state championship game the next Saturday at what was then called The Centrum in Worcester.
Just for the record, when Kinne scored her 42 points, the Mullins Center record had been 38. Marcus Camby scored 38 in a 78-58 win over Dayton on Jan. 4, 1996. Camby's UMass record in the Mullins, by the way, stood until 2015. That's when Trey Davis scored 40 in a 103-95, overtime victory against New Orleans.
And remember that both Davis and Pipkins needed one overtime period to reach their totals. That translates into a 45-minute basketball game. Anna Kinne scored her 42 points in 32 minutes.
In the win over Shepherd Hill, Monument needed every one of Kinne's 42 points to claim the victory. She scored her team's last 19 points, and was an incredible 22 for 25 from the free throw line.
"It didn't feel like I had 42 points," Kinne said after that game. "There are some games you feel like you're scoring a lot."
Her coach said that it was tough to keep finding things to say about his standout player.
"I've run out of superlatives, really," Tom Kinne said to reporters after the game. "I think the biggest thing is that she has so much courage and has such a big heart, to be able to do that under these circumstances."
The 42-point performance broke her own Monument record, a mark she had broken two times in the previous two weeks. The mark also equaled a single-game Berkshire County record that, at the time, was held by Taconic's Bridget Conry from 1988 and Samantha Herrick of Lenox from 1992.
How good of a tournament was it for Anna Kinne and Monument? It was really off the charts.
We had a ton of snow in 1996, so tournament games were moved around like pieces on a chess board. In fact, Monument had to play a Western Mass. semifinal game at the Boys & Girls Club because of the schedule changes. That semifinal game was an instant classic.
The Spartans held on to beat Wahconah in double overtime. Kinne hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer in the first overtime and drained two foul shots in the second OT to clinch the win. She scored 40 points in that win, breaking her school record of 39, set in the regular season.
"You don't think she can do it every time," Monument center Becca Jones said at the time, "but she does."
Kinne "slumped" in the Western Mass. D-II final, scoring only 34 points in a rout of Easthampton. She was 5 for 8 from outside the 3-point arc in that game.
It was a great day for Berkshire County, as Lee and Pittsfield also won Western Mass. titles. All three of them advanced to The Centrum for state championship games. Unfortunately for them, they all were beaten in their respective state finals.
Kinne wrapped up her high school career with a 23-point, 6-assist, 4-rebound day, but lost to Masconomet 78-55. Masconomet was led by future Boston College player Brianne Stepherson.
So congratulations to Luwane Pipkins on your record. But remember what it took to get that record.
Howard Herman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at @howardherman on Twitter and 413-496-6253.
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