Cherry Creek's Jana Van Gytenbeek sets career assists record

Cherry Creek Arapahoe girls basketball


Cherry Creek senior Jana Van Gytenbeek has had one of the best careers of any girls basketball player in Colorado history.

Last season, her last-second shot won the Class 5A title for her Bruins. The Stanford recruit is a two-time first-team all-state selection, and is the reigning 5A player of the year.

And on Wednesday night, Van Gytenbeek set the state record for career assists, breaking a mark that had stood for nearly 24 years.

With nine assists in a win over Overland, Van Gytenbeek now has 595 career assists, eclipsing the previous record of 593, which was set by John Mall's Michele Eccher from 1993-96.

Van Gytenbeek has had more than 140 assists each season, including 172 as a sophomore, which stands as the 11th-most in a season.

She is averaging 17.0 points, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game this season.

Against Cherokee Trail on Saturday, Van Gytenbeek tied her career high with 13 assists.

Van Gytenbeek recently eclipsed 1,500 career points.