Epiphanny Prince: History Maker

By Richard Kent
Updated: February 6, 2006

NEW JERSEY—Is it really about her? Did she do anything wrong? She’s just a kid. An athlete in high school who answers to her coach and to a lesser extent to her teammates.

Sure Prince scored 113 points for Coach Ed Grezinsky and in the process broke Cheryl Miller’s 24 year old high school girls’ basketball record in a 137-32 win over Brandeis.

Prince is a 5-9 senior guard who is headed to Rutgers next season. She made 54 out of 60 shots from the field while playing the entire game and had 58 points by halftime.

She now personally has regrets about breaking the record but she never asked her coach to stay in the game for the entire 32 minutes. Her coach kept her in.

Brandeis played very little defense in the second half and she is such a talent that she couldn’t just hold the ball. After all there is a shot clock, the girl has some pride and she is an offensive scoring machine.

It isn’t like Prince doesn’t have her defenders. Her jersey from the game was requested by the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Some people know that she didn’t force her shots at all. The other team didn’t seem overly upset about the scoring outburst and some players actually laughed about it.

What are records anyway. They are either individual or team marks that are made to be broken at some time in the future. When Kobe Bryant recently scored 81 points he knew full well about Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 100 points. Certainly if he got closer to it, that is in the 90s he would have gone for it.

Rutgers Coach Vivien Stringer equivocated about the record. She is a very defensive minded mentor and seemed more confused about why Brandeis didn’t play better defense than Epiphanny scoring all of those points. One thing is for sure. She will never score over 100 at Rutgers. The Rutgers team usually scores in the 50s so that is less than half of her outing against Brandeis.

You’ve heard the expression fifteen minutes of fame. Epiphanny Prince may some day be a first team All American or she could get hurt in her first season of college basketball and never play again. As she said after the game, “In ten years I don’t know if I’ll be in the WNBA or famous but I made history so it will feel good in the long run.” She is right. She has made a name for herself. People won’t forget her no matter what her basketball future holds and while she wasn’t thinking this on the court against Brandeis when she applies for a job in five, ten or fifteen years the name Epiphanny Prince will resonate to the future employer. Is that such a bad thing. Probably not.