Oliver Receives Weber Endowed Scholarship

Aug 15, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State junior forward Maddie Oliver has been named the recipient of the 2013 Bob and Audrey Weber Endowed Scholarship announced Thursday. The scholarship honors a pair of longtime ISU basketball fans.

Head women's basketball coach Barb Smith believes Oliver is deserving of the award for her work ethic.

"We are excited for Maddie to be receiving the Bob and Audrey Weber Endowment," Smith said. "She has done a tremendous job this summer and maybe one of our most improved players from start to finish. Maddie is a true team player who always puts the team before herself."

Oliver was appreciative of the honor, especially one that is named after loyal Redbird fans.

"Thank you to Bob Weber for his continued support of Illinois State athletics and specifically the support of the women's basketball program," Oliver said. "It is in thanks to our awesome fans and donors, like the Webers, that we have such a tremendous home court advantage."

Oliver appeared in all 35 games and started 26 for the Redbirds during the 2012-13 season, averaging 14.1 minutes per game. The forward averaged 4.3 points per game, was fifth on the team in rebounding, pulling down 3.1 rebounds per game, and was fourth on the team in blocks with 16. Oliver scored a career-high 15 points against Southern Illinois (Jan. 19), connecting on 6-of-8 shots from the field, while sinking three free throws. At Drake (Jan. 13), the Roland, Iowa, native brought down a career-high 10 rebounds in the win, grabbing five offensive boards and five defensive rebounds. Oliver also recorded a career-high four blocks against Indiana State (Jan. 25), as she set or tied six career records during her sophomore campaign.

The Weber scholarship was established in 2006 by Bob Weber in honor of his late wife Audrey, longtime Redbird fans and supporters. The Weber's became men's basketball season ticket holders in 1974, football season ticket holders in the mid-1980"s and became women's basketball season ticket holders in 2003. The scholarship is awarded annually to a member of the men's or women's basketball team.



The Weber Endowed Scholarship is one of 24 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes that are funded by private donors. For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, please call the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund office at (309) 438-3803.

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