Polowy commits to Missouri State
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
LeeAnn Polowy was hoping to commit to a college before the rush of the fall and high-school ball started back up.
She did just that Wednesday as the Blair Oaks senior committed to play basketball at Missouri State.
“I just kind of wanted to breathe a little bit easier after I had committed,” Polowy said. “It’s a lot.”
Polowy, who averaged more than 17 points per game last season, said she was offered earlier this week while she attended the school’s elite camp.
“That’s a big decision and pretty exciting moment for her,” Blair Oaks head coach Leroy Bernskoetter said. “She wanted to get it out of the way early so she wouldn’t have to do it all this fall.”
It’s a chance for Polowy to play for a pair of coaches who have solid credentials when it comes to women’s basketball.
New head coach Kellie Harper, who played at Tennessee, and assistant coach Jackie Stiles proved to be a big draw for the guard.
Stiles starred at Missouri State and scored the most points in NCAA women’s basketball history.
“She knows all the moves for little guards like me,” Polowy said of Stiles. “I’ll learn a lot there.”
Polowy said the Missouri State coaching staff saw her play earlier this year in Dallas. She took a visit to the school in May before the camp this past week.
She was looking at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, which had also offered her.
Polowy will get a chance to play alongside Rock Bridge’s Audrey Holt, who also has verbally committed to Missouri State. The two are teammates on the Missouri Phenom summer league team.
“It’s only 2 1/2 hours from my house,” Polowy said. “It’s close enough my parents can watch me play, but far enough away where I still get the college atmosphere and everything.”
Missouri State turned out to be a good fit academically as Polowy wants to major in either engineering or pharmacy.
“It’s a perfect fit for me,” Polowy said.
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