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Hiedeman drafted into WNBA

By Rich Palzewic
Sports Editor

GREEN BAY – Former Green Bay Southwest High School basketball player Natisha Hiedeman was recently drafted into the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Hiedeman, who played four years at Marquette University, was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx at No. 18 overall in the second round.

The Lynx then traded Hiedeman’s draft rights to the Connecticut Sun for Lexie Brown, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Hiedeman is the first Green Bay area high school player to be drafted into the WNBA.

She is Marquette’s all-time leader in career threes (301) and was a unanimous pick for Big East player of the year this season after she averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.1 steals.

Marquette won a program-record 27 games in 2018-19 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the second round to Texas A&M.

Prior to her time in college, Hiedeman had a stellar career at Southwest where she scored a Green Bay metro record 1,773 points during her four-year varsity career.

She averaged 25.6 points a game as a senior and was named first team all-state by the Associated Press.

Hiedeman was also a nine-time WIAA state qualifier in track and field and won the state triple jump in 2014.

She also qualified for the WIAA state tennis tournament during her senior season.

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