Riverhead Blue Waves girls basketball all-time scoring leader Shanice Allen scored her 1,000th college career point this weekend. The NYIT guard scored 12 points in her team’s 56-50 win over Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire Dec. 31.
Allen holds the Blue Waves record with 1,414 career points. She set the record in 2013 — the year she broke the record set in 1991 by Felecia Hobson. Hobson scored 1,195 points in her Blue Waves career. It stood for 22 years.
Allen joined the Blue Waves varsity team as an 8th grader and earned a spot in the starting lineup early in her first season.
It was a spot she would never relinquish. With Allen on the roster, the girls varsity basketball team made the playoffs every year.
As a junior, she was a member of the team that won the Long Island championship in 2012 — a first in Riverhead’s history.
“That experience was one of the best experiences of my life,” Allen told RiverheadLOCAL in 2013. “I’ve never experienced anything so intense as far as basketball goes. It was so exciting, so overwhelming. We made history. I will be able to look back 30 or 40 years from now and say I was a part of that team. If my kids end up going to Riverhead, they will be able to see what I was able to accomplish. I feel like I will have a piece of me in Riverhead — forever.”
During that magical year, Allen reached the 1,000-point plateau in the Suffolk County AA final win over Hauppauge. And at that point, she knew she could break Hobson’s record.
Allen signed with Pace University, which began recruiting her when she was in 10th grade. She transferred to NYIT in her sophomore year.
Allen will graduate from NYIT in May with a health science degree.
She is the daughter of Willie and Kim Allen of Riverhead.