Morgan Blumer says sometimes the basket looks 10 feet wide.
That was certainly the case last Wednesday night.
Blumer was at the forefront of a record-setting women’s college basketball game between Western Illinois and Denver University. The two teams combined to make 36 3-pointers to break the women’s NCAA single-game record. The previous mark was 34 set by Sacramento State and Montana State in 2016.
Blumer, a 2013 Milton High graduate, had seven of the Leathernecks’ 18 3-pointers. The seven 3s tied the Western Illinois single-game record and marked the second time in her career that she’s made seven in one game.
Although Blumer knew that both teams had made a lot of 3s, she wasn’t aware until after the game that a record had been set.
“It was just a crazy game,” Blumer said. “Everyone was feeling it on both teams. Defensively, you never want to give up that many, but it just seems like it didn’t matter who was shooting for either team, they were all going in.
“But I honestly didn’t know we had broken the record until I saw something on Twitter after the game. It’s pretty cool to be a part of it, especially when you win.”
Blumer’s seventh 3 of the game against Denver with 3:22 to play was the 35th for the game and broke the previous mark of 34. Western Illinois won the game 118-93.
“I actually felt like I had been in a little bit of a shooting slump before that game,” Blumer said. “And I’m real superstitious about how I’m shooting in warmups. If I’m hot shooting around before a game, I usually don’t shoot that well during the game and vice-versa. Against Denver, I would say my shooting was about normal in warmups. I’d make a few and miss a few.
“So once I made my first couple 3s, the basket really did look like it was 10 feet wide.”
Western Illinois won the Summit League title a year ago and qualified for the Division I NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. Blumer had a big season for the Leathernecks, setting a school record with 89 3-pointers made. She also hit a three-quarter-court shot against IUPUI on Jan. 25, 2017, just before halftime that ended up being the No. 1 play on ESPN SportsCenter’s “Top-10 Plays.”
The Leathernecks are 16-6 overall this season, including 6-2 in the Summit. Blumer, a 5-foot-11 senior, is averaging 14.2 points per game and has a team-high 55 3s.
Blumer transferred to Western Illinois from Florida Gulf Coast. She said the move was the right one.
“I realized that when I got to Florida, the grass wasn’t necessarily greener on the other side,” Blumer said. “I still wanted to play basketball, and Western Illinois seemed like a great fit.
“I love the style of play here, because it’s exactly the way I played growing up. We won a conference championship last year and the goal is to go back-to-back this season.”
Blumer has already graduated with degrees in communications and journalism and is currently going to graduate school for sport management. She’d like to someday be a PR agent for a professional sports team.
With a stint already on ESPN and a record-setting performance last week, Blumer is enjoying the college life.