For ex-Westside star Quinn Weidemann, good things coming in 3s as Wyoming freshman

Quinn Weidemann was a prolific scorer in high school, but she spent extra time on her 3-point shot over the summer. And in her first 12 games at Wyoming, she was leading Division I by hitting 54.2 percent behind the arc.

Quinn Weidemann has put in the work. Hours and hours in the gym, perfecting her jump shot.

So one game when the shots don’t fall isn’t going to shake her confidence.

It isn’t affecting her coach’s confidence, either.

“She gets her feet set and basically we’ve been surprised when she misses,” Wyoming coach Joe Legerski said.

The freshman from Omaha Westside not only has been one of the Cowgirls’ best shooters, she’s also one of the nation’s top 3-point shooters.

Before last weekend’s game at Utah State, she was leading Division I in 3-point percentage, shooting 54.2 percent (26 of 48) from behind the arc. Then she went 0 of 6 against the Aggies, dropping to fifth at 48.1 percent.

“I’ve worked hard to get in the gym and work on my shot,” the 5-foot-9 guard said. “Especially in the summer before coming here, I worked a lot on my shooting in general.

“My confidence in my 3-point shot has just gone up since then.”

Weidemann was a prolific scorer in high school. The three-time All-Nebraska pick averaged 20.1 points last season, when she led the Warriors to the Class A title and was the Nebraska Gatorade player of the year. She made 64 3s as a senior, though she shot 35 percent from behind the arc.

Quinn Weidemann

Omaha Westside grad Quinn Weidemann is averaging 8.2 points in nearly 22 minutes per game for Wyoming.

She said finding her name near the top of the Division I rankings is a nice surprise.

“I don’t think I really expected it,” Weidemann said. “I just tried to do what I could to help the team. That’s how I was helping the team.”

She has made her impact off the bench for 9-4 Wyoming, averaging 8.2 points in nearly 22 minutes per game.

“Quinn has been asked to step up both offensively and defensively for this team,” Legerski said. “We knew what a great competitor Quinn was in high school. She has been every bit of that since she’s joined us. Defensively, she’s played extremely well as a freshman. Offensively, she’s been a tremendous surprise.

“What we talk about all the time is that there’s a good shot, there’s a better shot and there’s the best shot. This team buys into that, Quinn buys into that. And a lot of times she is the recipient of getting that best shot.”

Legerski said Weidemann has been quick to pick up his team’s motion offense, which has aided her transition to the college game. And Weidemann isn’t the only Cowgirl excelling from behind the arc. Wyoming is shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range, making 8.8 3s a game.

Legerski said he thinks last Saturday’s 50-42 loss to Utah State was an aberration — his team shot 4 of 21 behind the arc and scored 33 points below its average. He’s treating it as a learning experience.

That’s Weidemann’s approach, too. A week before her 0-of-6 game, she went 7 of 8 from deep en route to a career-high 24 points against UNLV. She also hit 6 of 7 3s against St. Mary’s in November.

“It happens to everyone. I don’t think I need to dwell on it,” Weidemann said. “You have good games and bad games. Last game they weren’t falling, so I just need to get back in the gym and forget about that game and focus on Saturday.”

Wyoming hosts 14-2 New Mexico on Saturday.

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