November 24, 2012 - Back in the mid 1980s, women's basketball had only been recognized as a varsity sport by the NCAA for a couple of seasons. Uniforms in the sport sometimes were highlighted by collars and sleeves. And Claudette Charney started a coaching career that reached a rare milestone Saturday afternoon.
The Hillsdale College women's basketball team defeated Ohio Midwestern College 70-59 at the William Fleming Classic at Kentucky State University, improving to 3-0 on the season. The win was the 500th in the prolific coaching career of Charney, as she becomes the 11th member of the 500 win club among Division II women's basketball head coaches.
Saturday's win comes a little more than five years removed from her 400th win, which came on Valentine's Day in 2007 in a home win over Northwood.
Charney stands as the all-time coaching wins leader at two GLIAC programs, Saginaw Valley State and Hillsdale, and was enormously successful for several seasons at Grand Valley State University. She joined the Charger program prior to the 2002-03 season, and in that time, has led Hillsdale to three NCAA Tournament appearances, three GLIAC South Division championships, and the 2009 GLIAC Tournament title.
She has enjoyed a coaching career highlighted by consistency and excellence. She's had just one under-.500 season since arriving at Hillsdale 10 years ago. She's had nine 20-win seasons, including three with the Chargers.
In Saturday's win over Ohio Midwestern, sophomore Megan Fogt was unstoppable, scoring a career-high 27 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the field. She also grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Fogt is off to a flying start to the season, flourishing as a go-to option in the paint for the Chargers.
Sophomore guard Kadie Lowery scored 10 points in 15 minutes off the bench for the Chargers. Junior forward ANgela Bisaro tacked on eight points, while freshman Sarah Theut came off the bench to provide four points and five rebounds for Hillsdale.
The Chargers led by as many as 17 points in the game, and outrebounded Ohio Midwestern 56-32. Hillsdale held its opponent to just 31 percent field goal shooting in the game, and OWC missed 16 free throws.
Hillsdale will open up GLIAC play at home at 8 p.m. Thursday night against Northwood University.