All in With Allison – ‘Weir’ All in This Together


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Senior power forward Sam Weir goes up for a shot against a defender during Saturday’s matchup against Ohio Christian. In this game, Weir put up 30 points, which is one away from tying her career-high, 17 rebounds, which is three away from tying a career-high, and five blocks.

Written By Allison Schubert, Sports Columnist

Sam Weir has a very untraditional and interesting past as a women’s basketball player at Point Park University.

Now a graduate student academically, but a senior on the court in eligibility, the power forward has certainly left her hall of fame-worthy mark on the program.

Last year, I profiled then-captain and point guard Shaniya Rivers. In her interview, Rivers talked about what a huge asset Weir was not only to the team, but to her life.

Rivers is the godmother of Weir’s child, so I would say that Rivers would be able to speak to the character of Weir pretty well – which, she added, was “one of the best friends and teammates she had ever had.”

Earlier this year, Weir surpassed the 1,000 career point mark, all of which came in just 75 games as a Pioneer.

More recently, she claimed a new title – the sole owner of the program record for most career blocked shots with over 200 and counting. The previous holder was Joncelyn Peterkin with 192 career blocks from 2009-12.

In just eight games at the time of writing this column, Weir is averaging 14.1 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, and 3.1 blocks per game. Her latest additions to these statistics come from a huge output against Ohio Christian University last Saturday, where she put up 30 points, 17 rebounds, and five blocks.

Amidst all of her individual achievements, Weir is one of the biggest team players on the squad.

“She’s just a great player, she always has been,” head coach Tony Grenek said post-game. “I always joke with her about her age and how she’s getting older, but she still meshes well with the girls on the court.”

From an outsider’s perspective, I believe she is one of the clearest leaders when watching the game. Between her and captain Kaitlyn Smith, both of them are always talking to their teammates and developing plays that lead them to all of their successes.

As with any athlete that produces such amazing statistics so regularly, it is easy to overlook these achievements or deem them a normality. It is hard to recognize now, but observing these feats doubles as witnessing the history of Point Park athletics and hall of fame performances.

With nine games left in the regular season and a shot at playoffs, it is a certainty that Weir will continue to break records and add to the ones she already holds.

Next week, our sports section will have a full profile on Weir to dive deeper into what made her the player she is today, what her teammates think of playing with her, and what she plans to do in the future post-graduation.