Lindsay Panchan shoots for hoops in Europe

Photo by Logan Caswell

Lindsay Panchan drives to the rim against the Algonquin Thunder.

Hundreds of athletes have represented Durham College in varsity sports, but few have achieved what Lindsay Panchan has as a Lord.

As she begins her fifth and final season of eligibility and third at Durham College, Panchan has broken the record for most points in a game by a female player with 41, surpassing Jenn Harvey’s record of 38 back in 1998. Panchan is also the first-ever Durham College athlete to be named to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Canadian team in back-to-back seasons.

But Panchan hopes these records are just the start of what could be a longer career in basketball.

“My personal goal is to keep going into the next level of basketball. I don’t want to stop playing now, I feel like I’m just getting better and I’m working harder than ever, hopefully I can land in Europe,” says Panchan.

The journey hasn’t been an easy one for the Lords star. Panchan played as a substitute during her first two years at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, N.S. She then took a year off from basketball before making the transition to Durham.

She praises her current head coach, Heather Lafontaine, for her success here.

“Coming over here I had a year off and it made me unsettled and nervous. I questioned if I was still a good player or not. Coach Lafontaine gave me a direction arrow to go up and has driven me to be the best player I possibly can,” says Panchan.

Panchan has the support of her coaching staff too. Lafontaine isn’t short of compliments about her game and hopes to help achieve her goals.

“She’s a great player but she’s also a great person. I’ve never seen her give up,” says Lafontaine. “When you see her busting up and down the court to play defense you want to buy into that. Her plan ultimately is to go overseas so we’ll try and help her achieve that goal.”

Kayla Marshall is also in her last year of eligibility and has been part of the women’s basketball program for five years. She praises her teammates and hopes to see her good friend succeed after her time with the Lords.

“She’s brought a lot of experience, intensity and passion to our game. I hope she does it all and succeeds wherever she goes,” says Marshall.

It won’t be an easy task for Panchan but says she has a plan.

“I’ve been talking to the right people to help me out. I have someone who is representing me and making film so we can send it to agents and all of the business side of stuff,” she says.

Panchan also set the bar high with her goals in her final year as a Lord.

“We want to be first in the east and win provincials. Hopefully we can make it to nationals.”

 

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Logan Caswell is a second-year journalism student at Durham College. When it comes to writing and reporting, he enjoys covering sports events. He likes to spend his spare time shooting photography and watching hockey. Logan hopes to become a sports photographer and or sports journalist following graduation.

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