Victoria Vivians Takes Mississippi All-Time Scoring Record

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III

Scott Central senior Victoria Vivians has done it all. She's been recognized by almost every national sports magazine and has a list of awards too long to type on this page.

So it should come as no surprise she entered Friday's game against Union just 23 points shy of Mississippi's career scoring record.

She had 4,993 to her name; the record was 5,015, set by former Mt. Salus and Mississippi State guard Mary Kathryn Whittle (formerly Govero) in 2007. Vivians had averaged 45 points per games and had not scored less than 32 all season.

Her Head Coach Chad Harrison gave her a pep talk during the week leading up to the Union game.

"Just be ready to play the game. Don't worry about the score or the record right now," said Vivians of her Coach's advice.

The Mississippi State signee scored the Rebels first 7 points, including a lay-up less than 6 seconds after she won the opening tip-off.

Finally, with her team leading 37-11 in the second quarter, Vivians hit a jumper from the corner to break the record. The crowd went wild as the game was stopped so she could be recognized in front of friends and family. She finished with 41 points in a 77-44 win over the Yellow Jackets.

At the game's conclusion, Rick Cleveland welcomed the senior to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, comparing her to other Mississippi high school legends such as Jerry Rice and Walter Payton.

Vivians was asked whether or not she felt any pressure before the game.

"A little bit but not really. I just came into the game ready to play," said Vivians. "I knew it was a district game, so I knew I had to win and try to get the record. "

"It takes team to get there. Victoria gets a bad rap sometime because people think she shoots it all the time," said Harrison. "This is the most unselfish player in the world, and Victoria had to really buy into what we're doing the last three years in order to win here."

Mississippi State Women's Basketball Coach Vic Schaefer was in attendence.

"She's from our state. She's playing at our state at Mississippi State, and kids all across the state know they can come to Mississippi State and make an impact and play at the highest level."

Scott Central has seven regular season games remaing.

Vivians' new record stands at 5,034 career points.


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