Former Lady Blue Jay scores 1,000th career point for UCM Jennies basketball

University of Central Missouri junior forward Morgan Fleming looks to make a pass in the MIAA tournament championship game Sunday, March 10. Fleming reached 1,000 career points in the semifinals of the MIAA tournament.

KANSAS CITY — University of Central Missouri junior and Liberty High School alumna Morgan Fleming reached an illustrious milestone in the Jennies semifinals win over Lindenwood in the MIAA tournament Saturday, March 9, scoring her 1,000th career point.

“It’s an awesome accomplishment,” Fleming said. “I’m a lot happier with the win, but it’s a great accomplishment. A lot of time and effort as a Jennie, and I’m just glad to be able to do that with this team.”

The junior scored a lay-up with five minutes, 11 seconds left in the contest on a no-look pass from her teammate Peyton Taylor to hit the magic number and become the 28th Jen to do so.

Fleming has been a mainstay for UCM since joining the group in 2016.

She started 13 games as a freshman scoring 155 points before seeing her season end due to injury. As a sophomore, Fleming scored 407 points in the Jennies national championship run. This season, she is averaging 15.1 points per game and has 452 points on the year.

“Getting hurt freshman year and coming back from that, it’s been a long and great journey here, especially with last year’s story-tale ending,” Fleming said. “It means a lot, but it wouldn’t have happened without a lot of great teammates and passes along the way.”

Fleming, who finished as the all-time leading scorer in Liberty girls basketball program history with 1,642 points, joins her sister Kara Fleming as the only siblings in the 28 1,000-point scorers in Jennies history.

Kara, who played at UCM from 2007-11, finished her career with 1,160 points. Morgan is 141 shy of tying her sister.

Randy Speer can be reached by emailing randy.speer@dsjnow.com or on Twitter at @RandySpeer_DSJ.

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