Zalis Breaks Career Scoring Record in Last Game of the Season

Andrea Zalis
Andrea Zalis

EUREKA, Mo. - Andrea Zalis broke the career scoring record by pouring in 22 points in the senior's last game of her career.

Westminster ends the season 9-15 overall and 7-9 in the conference. 

"I can't say enough about (senior captains) Bailey Mitchell and Andrea Zalis," said Westminster Head Coach Tracey Braden. "They are the heartbeat of our team and great leaders."

Coming into tonight's game, Zalis needed just 13 points to break the career scoring record previously set by Leigh Ann Lutz in the 2013-14 seaon at 1,366 points. Zalis totaled 22 to make the new record 1,375. 

"I am so proud of Dre (Zalis)," said Braden. "She earned her records. Nothing was given to her. Her grit and dedication to be the best player she could be is unmatched. I wish I could have 10 players just like her."

The Blue Jays got behind early in the first quarter after the Red Devils put up 22 points to Westminster's 14. 

Westminster fell behind by double-digits in the second quarter when Eureka went on a 12-0 run. Zalis added six straight points to answer, but Eureka ended the half leading 42-32. 

Zalis opened the half with a three-pointer to put Westminster back within seven points. The Blue Jays continued to trade baskets with the Red Devils for the remainder of the quarter, finding themselves behind by 14 points with 10 minutes to play. 

Westminster was outscored 30-20 in the final quarter to make the final score 99-75 in favor of Eureka. 

On top of Zalis' 22, Mikalyn Callahan scored a career-high 13 points while Savannah Hanning added 12 and Kelsey Ray poured in 11. 

Zalis ends her career at the top of six records for Westminster. Along with the scoring record, she adds records for gameday points (35), gameday rebounds (tied at 17), season points (425), season rebounds (tied at 195) and career blocks (91). 

"I hate for the season to end," said Braden. "I'm really proud of this group because of their desire to work and grow. They knew they were young and inexperienced, but they didn't let that shake them. They just kept showing up to practice wanting to work."