LARAMIE – Quinn Weidemann’s recruiting bio during her senior season at Omaha Westside High listed point guard as her primary position and shooting guard as secondary.
That may still end up being the case during her career at the University of Wyoming, but right now her secondary position is taking top billing.
Weidemann made seven 3-pointers during the Cowgirls’ 90-62 rout of UNLV on Saturday, tied for the second-most makes in school history.
Weidemann also made six 3s against St. Mary’s earlier this season, meaning she has already tied two of the top three single-game marks in program history.
Weidemann and the Cowgirls woke up Monday to the news that not only is UW’s 5-foot-10 freshman the top 3-point shooter in the nation at 53.3 percent, the Cowgirls are also No. 1 at 43.7 percent.
“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting that at all this season, and it’s exciting,” Weidemann said. “I definitely know I couldn’t have done any of it without my teammates.”
Weidemann was 7 of 8 from behind the arc Saturday as the Cowgirls went 14 of 23 as a team. The 14 makes and 60.9 percentage are both third-best all-time at UW.
“When you shoot the ball like that, it sure does help,” Cowgirls coach Joe Legerski said with a smile. “We’re a good 3-point shooting team that’s able to put out on the floor a number of players who can shoot the ball well, and then it comes down to making the right decision.
“I thought we did that (Saturday). We made the right plays to give us that opportunity.”
Weidemann has gone 24 of 45 on 3-pointers so far this season. The Omaha, Nebraska, product shot a solid 35 percent from the 3-point line as a senior in high school, going 64 of 182.
Did she think she had the ability to be one of Division I’s top bombers?
“Being in coach’s offense has definitely helped my game,” Weidemann said. “And I tried to get in the gym and shoot and work on that part of my game as much as possible.
“We have such great people all over on the team that can shoot from wherever, so if you guard one, another one’s going to get open. That helps a lot in being open.”
It was Weidemann’s ability to play either the point or shooting guard that had the Cowgirls excited when she committed prior to her senior season.
“We try to recruit players who can play multiple positions, and that gives them better opportunities to get on the court,” Legerski said. “We watched (Weidemann) play so much at the point, but we knew we had a combination player.”
Weidemann has made at least two 3-pointers in four of her past five games and has averaged 14.3 points over that span.
“I really didn’t expect to play as much as I am, but since being here, I’ve learned a lot about basketball,” she said. “A lot of people can thrive in this offense because it’s a player’s offense.”
The Cowgirls and Weidemann being tops in the country in 3-point shooting was the headline Monday, but not the only statistics that catch the eye.
UW is in the top 30 nationally in eight other team or individual statistics.
In addition to the 3-point shooting, the Cowgirls are No. 19 in overall field goal percentage (46.8). UW also ranks first nationally in fewest total turnovers (119), second in fewest turnovers per game (10.8), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (plus-1.45) and ninth in fewest fouls (13.5).
Individually, UW senior Marta Gomez joins Weidemann in the top 20 in 3-point percentage at No. 19 (46.3 percent), while junior Taylor Rusk and senior Clara Tapia are fourth and sixth, respectively, in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.9 and 3.5.
The Cowgirls also climbed to No. 43 in the latest NCAA RPI Rankings after beating UNLV.
New Mexico is the top Mountain West team at No. 29, with Boise State No. 47.
The MW is 10th out of 16 conferences nationally, and fourth among non-Power 5 leagues behind the West Coast Conference, Mid-American Conference and the American Athletic Conference.
Scott Nulph is the WyoSports assistant editor. He can be reached at email@example.com or 307-755-3324. Follow him on Twitter at @ScottNulph.