Lizzie Miller, who played for De Pere’s WIAA Division 1 state runner-up girls basketball team, plans to walk on at the University of Wisconsin and play for the Badgers' women's basketball team, according to reports Wednesday.
In addition, 5-foot-10 Kara Crowley, who played for Beaver Dam's Division 2 state championship team, plans to walk on, according to WisSports.net. Crowley had eight points and six rebounds in Beaver Dam's 62-47 victory over Monroe in the Division 2 state semifinal and totaled 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals in a 52-33 win over Cudahy in the state championship game.
Miller, a 5-7 guard, was the Fox River Classic Conference player of the year, the Green Bay Press-Gazette girls basketball player of the year and a FOX 11 all-area basketball selection.
Reports on Wednesday included an announcement tweeted by De Pere Girls BBall and a FOX 11 report.
“The University of Wisconsin has always been my dream school,” Miller said in the FOX 11 report. “I grew up a Badgers fan and I knew it was the school for me. When I heard from the women's basketball team, I was so excited. I was given an opportunity too good to pass up. Although I thought I was going to be spending my summer with my friends, I am so excited to go down to Madison, continuing my basketball career as a Badger.”
She led De Pere (25-3) to a state runner-up finish to Appleton North, scoring seven points in a 49-34 loss in the title game. She had six points and seven rebounds in De Pere’s 49-47 overtime victory over Middleton in the state semifinal.
She averaged 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.8 steals and shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. She was a tenacious defensive player for De Pere.
She was a first-team selection in Division 1 on the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-state team and was fourth-team pick on The Associated Press all-state team.
She tore the ACL in her right knee the summer of 2015 and didn’t play high school basketball in 2015-16, returning in the summer of 2016.