December 1, 2020

Senior Maggie Zehner reacts to scoring 1,000th point

Senior guard Maggie Zehner became the sixth player in Webster University women’s basketball history to score more than 1,000 points on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Grant Gymnasium. Zehner’s 3-point shot with 1:10 remaining versus Eureka College (Ill.) gave her 1,002 career points, surpassing Mikki McCune who scored 986 from 1994 to 1998. Zehner is now sixth on the all-time scoring list.

Maggie Zehner

“It was a nice surprise,” Zehner said.  “I’m more worried about winning the conference tournament. I’d like to host. We’ve never done that as a team and Coach O (Jordan Olufson) has never had that, so that’s my main goal. But it’s a nice extra to have. It’s pretty cool. I didn’t expect it, so I’m happy with that.”

Coach Olufson said Zehner has always been a leader while playing for Webster.

“Maggie’s been a four-year leader for us, on and off the court,” Olufson said.  “She’s the one that’s here in the summer, organizing open gym and putting time into the gym, and she’s doing it before games. She’s not leading by talk; she’s leading by action. Everything Maggie is getting she deserves, she’s earned it. She works her tail off for it. Since I’ve been in coaching, she is one of the better leaders that I’ve ever coached, and it’s reflective on our team and how we’re playing, and we’re very happy for Maggie Zehner.”

Zehner said part of her leadership, though, came from necessity.

“I’m just rising to the occasion,” Zehner said. “You know, when you lose both of your six-footers, everyone has to step up somehow. I haven’t really done anything. I just love the game. I love the sport, and I know it’s my last chance to do it. So I just give it everything I’ve got every day I can, because my days are numbered.”

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