Jennifer Wehner, junior forward of the MCLA Women’s basketball team, led her team to a come-from-behind victory
last Thursday night at Salem State. Wehner dominated the court in the second half, racking up 32 points and a staggering 25 rebounds. In comparison, the second highest scoring member of the team chalked up only nine points. Earlier in the week Wehner had collected her 1,000th career point.
Wehner has had the high points 14 times over the season and has also led in rebounds in 19 games.
When asked what the secret to her outstanding game was, Wehner jokingly responds, “Pasta for dinner the night before.”
She continues, “I don’t know how I performed that well. It was just another game to me but I have to give credit to my teammates. We played as one person on the floor and out patience was incredible in the second half.”
Earlier in the week, Wehner had spotlighted patience as one of the team’s most prevalent problems. She also stated that the team’s biggest strength was its chemistry, something they apparently had in abundance on Thursday night.
“Those kind of stats only come from the outstanding performances of those around,” she says. “They (her teammates) get a lot of the credit. They all do the hard part: dribbling, finding the open lane, and making the perfect pass. All I have to do is put it in the basket.”
The team members are always quick to emphasize each other’s strengths and talents. Explains Wehner, “I think chemistry is a huge aspect of this team that makes us so great. We really know and understand each other really well and I think that helps us in so many ways.
Speaking about the game in general, Wehner emphasizes the non-stop pace of the game as one of her favorite things about it.
She explains, “I love how basketball never stops. It’s such a fast sport and everyone on the floor is involved both offensively and defensively. It is a really exciting back and forth game.”
The team is coming up on the end of their season and have fought their way to a 15-8 overall record. Wehner echoes the philosophy of teammate Chelsey Burke by insisting on taking things day by day.
“There’s always room to keep working,” she says. “Together we’re going to keep pushing forward.”