RICHMOND, Va. – Kelly Hoover’s tenure atop the VCU career points list is all but over, but she’s enjoyed the ride.
Hoover has held the Rams’ scoring mark for 23 years. She piled up 1,750 points for VCU from 1985-89 and passed Becky Crow during her senior season to become VCU’s all-time leader. Chances are good that she’ll pass to torch to current Ram Courtney Hurt Thursday when VCU hosts Drexel at the Verizon Wireless Arena at 7 p.m. Hurt, who is averaging 23 points per game, needs just five to make the record hers.
While she’s proud of the record, Hoover, who also ranks second in school history with 431 assists and seventh in career steals, has no problems surrendering the throne.
“My family is a little sad, but I think it’s exciting, for her, the team, for her family,” Hoover said
A native of Staunton, Va., Hoover has resided in Richmond since graduating in 1989 with a degree in criminal justice. She worked for UPS for 17 years before leaving three years ago to start her own landscaping business, Premier Lawn Care. She says she also dabbles in real estate.
Owning her own business has kept her busy and away from the Siegel Center in recent years, but Hoover says she plans on being in the arena Thursday to watch Hurt break the record.
Hoover played her games at Franklin Street Gym, but today her No. 20 jersey hangs from the Siegel Center rafters. It was retired three years ago, a moment she holds dear.
“It was pretty exciting,” she said. “It was one of those wow moments that you’ll never forget. It’s nice to be recognized. I’m very honored. Any time I walk in there I look up and think, ‘Wow, it’s really up there.’”
In addition to Hoover’s scoring mark, the 6-foot-1 forward is closing in on the Rams’ record for career rebounds. A retired jersey is likely in Hurt’s future as well, where it would hang alongside Hoover’s. It would be nice to have company, Hoover says.
“I can’t complain. Hopefully she’ll get her jersey retired down the road. Records are meant to be broken.”