Senior, Julie Whitfill, had more to celebrate on Saturday, Jan. 9 than simply an overtime win against Asbury University. The guard from Hardinsburg, Kentucky became the all-time leading scorer in Brescia University’s history of Men and Women’s basketball with a three point shot in the second quarter, bringing her total number of career points to 2,112. Whitfill surpassed the current record holder, Josh Renn ’99, who had 2109 career points.
“This is a tremendous milestone in Julie’s career. Julie defines what a true student-athlete is; she excels in the classroom just as much as she has excelled on the basketball court,” said Brian Skortz, Brescia University Athletic Director. “Julie gives a lot of credit to others, which includes her past and current teammates, for the success she has had on the hardwood. She is well deserved in the accolades she has earned and the other records and accomplishments she will no doubt obtain this year as she finishes her career. I am very proud of what she stands for, she has represented this athletic department and university well.”
“My accomplishments could not have been possible without God, the support of my family and friends, and the help of my teammates and coaches,” stated Whitfill.
It’s fitting that when ask her favorite quote for her student athlete profile, Whitfill would cite a statement renowned athlete, Michael Jordan, once said; “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something, but I can’t accept not trying.” While reflective of her humble spirit, Whitfill has done anything but fail during her career as a member of the Bearcat Women’s basketball team since 2012. With impressive stats and the character of a champion, Whitfill has truly made a difference during her time at Brescia.
Number 1 in Division II in Total Scoring (407)
Number 4 in Division II Points per Game (20.350)
Number 4 in Division II Total 3-Pt FG Made (65)
Number 9 in Division II in 3-Pt FG Made per Game (3.250)
Collegiate Career Stats (2012-January 2016)
Total FG Made: 716
Total 3-PT Shots Made: 322
Total Offensive Rebounds: 178
Total Defensive Rebounds: 299
Total Assists: 135
Total Points Scored: 2154
KIAC All-Conference, 2013-14, 2014-15
NAIA Division II Record Holder – Most 3-Point Field Goals Made (14), Most 3-Point Field Goals Attempted (31)
Brescia University Record Holder – Most Points Scored in a Game (51 points), All-time Leading Scorer in School History of Men’s and Women’s Basketball (2012)
“My favorite thing about having the privilege to coach Julie has been observing her work-ethic. She strives for excellence in everything she does. In the classroom, on the court, in her day to day, Julie works hard and she sets the pace for her peers,” said Summer Quesenberry, Brescia University Women’s Basketball Head Coach. “Her achievements are a direct result of the time and dedication she puts into her dreams and goals. Julie is a testament to those who believe success is determined by those who are willing to sacrifice and work hard for it. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to be Julie’s college coach.”
Whitfill attended Breckinridge County High School before coming to Brescia University. She is the daughter of Carroll and Brenda Whitfill, has two siblings and is a Pre-Physical Therapy major.