MINNEAPOLIS (WEAU) - After four spectacular seasons playing women’s basketball for Marquette University, Natisha Hiedeman competed in her No. 5 Golden Eagles uniform for the last time Thursday night.
“I already thought it was the last time wearing it when we lost [in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament] and then the fact I got to put it on one more time means a lot,” Hiedeman said.
MU’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (301) was appropriately chosen for the Women’s 3-Point Championship part of the 31st annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at the Target Center broadcast on ESPN. She became just the fourth Marquette women’s basketball player to participate in the contest.
In a field of eight of the nation’s best shooters Hiedeman finished with 12 points in the first round knocking down 11 of 25 triples including one money ball. Her best shooting ball racks were at the top of the key and in the right corner, but 12 points wasn’t enough to advance to the semi-final round.
“I’m just glad I got invited to do it,” Hiedeman said. “The atmosphere was great. The men and the women - they’re all really cool people. So, it’s just nice to come and meet new people and have this experience…I’m just super grateful for the opportunity.”
Hiedeman, the 2019 BIG EAST Player of the Year, has another national stage that’s within reach next Wednesday. The 2019 WNBA Draft will take place on April 10 at Nike’s New York headquarters where the left-handed sharp shooter is projected to become just Marquette’s third-ever selection and first since 2011.
“I’m just staying focused on what’s important. Still working on my skill set and whatever happens happens,” Hiedeman added. “If I go in the draft I’m going to try to give my best to whatever team picks me.”
Regardless of what happens there’s a professional future in basketball for Hiedeman whether that’s in the WNBA or overseas. She finished her 4-year career at Marquette as the program’s third all-time leading scorer (1,913 points) and was an honorable mention AP All-American as a senior. The Green Bay, Wisconsin native’s best playing days are still ahead of her.