Feb 13, 2014 12:10 AM by Bill Halter
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Molly Schlemer went over the 1,000 point mark for her career last Saturday. It's an impressive milestone for the girl from Santa Maria who didn't even make her 7th grade basketball team. "I really don't think I was that good of a player in high school at Righetti. I think just my height helped me out the most" said Schlemer.
Many dismissed Schlemer as a tall player and not much else but the coach at the school down the road saw something more. Cal Poly head coach Faith Mimnaugh gave Schlemer her one and only scholarship offer. "I didn't know that she would become this good but I just loved her as a person and loved what I thought she could bring to the table and wow, wow, what she's done is amazing" said Mimnaugh.
"My motivation was just coach Faith always telling me that she saw so much potential in me and believing her and believing that she knew what to do" said Schlemer. That belief turned out to be just what she needed. "I think Molly just needed a cheerleader and I'm a little tiny cheerleader I guess. But one who has proven instrumental in her having confidence in her own ability" said Mimnaugh.
Going into college basketball the expectations were not high for Schlemer but as her career nears a finish, that has changed. The 6'5" center played sparingly off the bench her first two season but exploded as a junior to be the Big West Player of the year and Big West Tournament MVP. She's leading the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game) and is second in rebounding (10.1 rebounds per game) this season as the Mustangs have a game and a half lead in the Big West standings. "Work hard and if people say that you can't do something, use that as motivation" said Schlemer.
Cal Poly hosts second place Cal State Northridge on Thursday night at the Mott Athletics Center. The Matadors are the only Big West team to beat the Mustangs this season.
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