Becoming the all-time leader in career blocks wasn’t on Lilly Wehman’s mind coming into her senior season.
The 6-foot-2 forward earned the distinction with a block Friday in the first quarter of Loyola’s 54-44 win over Niles West at home. It was Wehman’s 24th this season and 188th for her career. Sarah Elston, who graduated in 2015 and plays for Columbia University, is second with 187.
The Georgetown-bound Wehman (pictured above) said she didn’t even know she was close to it until she tied the record Thursday in a 58-39 win over Taft.
“I had no idea,” she said. “It wasn’t thinking about it at all, but it’s cool.”
Loyola head coach Jeremy Schoenecker said shot-blocking is a skill and not necessarily something a player can do simply because he or she is tall.
As a junior, Wehman set the program’s single-season record for blocks with 125, averaging 3.9 a game, another record.
“She’s athletic and has great timing and body control,” he said. “Another great thing about her is that a lot of her blocks are in play, which allows us a chance to corral the ball. That’s a talent in and of itself.”
Wehman also serves as a deterrent to players coming into the lane. Over the years, she said she’s noticed opponents do their best to avoid her.
“I can tell a difference in how teams play when I’m in the game and out of the game,” she said. “I think I make it easier on my teammates to guard on the outside because they know I’m back there.”
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola