On February 11th of last year, Toledo hung a banner inside Savage Arena honoring former Rocket Dana Drew for her standout career. In four years at UT, Drew led the program to three NCAA tournament appearances and finished among school leaders in a slew of statistical categories including the most assists (659) in school history.
Last night, almost one year removed from Drew's banner honor, Naama Shafir dropped nine dimes on a hapless Ohio Bobcats team to bring her career assist total to 667. According to her post-game comments, Shafir was seemingly unaware (or, perhaps more modestly, uninterested in acknowledging) how close she was to breaking Drew's record heading into the game and suggested she should apologize to Drew for passing her in the books.
Naama has ample opportunity to put the career assist record away for quite a long time. Toledo has at least nine games left on the slate and Shafir is on pace to finish her career as a Rocket with over 700 assists. There are no other active players on the current roster that can even come close. Andola Dortch will most likely break into the top ten list before her career is over but the odds of her getting close to Shafir's final number seems impossible.
Shafir is in the top ten of a number of different career statistical categories at this point in the 2012-2013 season. While her per-game scoring average has taken a drop this year she has still climbed to 5th on Toledo's all-time scoring list with 1,689 points. Dana Drew once again is Naama's next target with 1,919 career points for fourth all-time but Shafir will need to return to the form she had before her knee injury to slip past Drew by year's end.
Before the fifth year senior hangs up her Rockets uniform for good, Naama will figure prominently in the following categories: the aforementioned points, scoring average, free throws made, free throws attempted, free throw percentage, steals and minutes.
While Naama won't leave Toledo with the kind of NCAA Tournament success the Drew led teams of the early 1990s had, the Toledo Athletic Department have probably already set aside the spot next to Dana Drew's banner for Shafir's #4.