After Maddy Baier got a call from ISU Women's Basketball Coach Bill Fennelly, offering her a full-ride scholarship to play for the Cyclones, she barely took time for a breath.
"He told me to take my time and talk to my parents, but I wasn't waiting. I knew that's what I wanted and I said yes," said Baier. Baier happened to be in her mother's office when she received the call on her cell phone. "I said yes and handed the phone to mom. I'm really not sure what they talked about."
"This was like taking a big, big weight off my chest," Baier said. "What a relief!" That's one distraction off the table when Baier and the Trojan girls team focus on what will be the senior year for most of them and another chance at state.
"We got a taste of it last year and we're still hungry," Baier said. "I want to go back to state, but this time I want to win it."
The Trojans were 22-3 last year. Baier led with 12.5 points per game, 8.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks.
Baier is not taking any chances about her off-season conditioning. She plays on Team Iowa, an AAU traveling team hat has already played in Ames, Des Moines, Chicago and Minneapolis and has dates scheduled for Cincinnati and Kansas City. Iowa Hawkeye guard Kasheen Alexander is a teammate on Team Iowa.
She plays in the Game Time League on Wednesday nights at North Liberty, where she had played with women from Iowa, UNI and Coe College, for example.
“When coach Fennelly called me and told me they were going to offer a scholarship to Maddy, I was really happy for her,” said STC varsity coach Nate Roberts.
“This is a great opportunity for her. She’ll get a great education and the chance to play for and with some of the best in the country. It was a no-brainer
"I'm really happy about the way this is working out," she said. 'I definitely wanted to stay in the midwest. I had contacts from Iowa, Drake and Marquette, then ISU assistant Jodi Steyer really encouraged me to come to the ISU Elite Camp, June 9-10. I thought then they must be interested in me."
"My friends have all been so happy for me," said Baier. "I had to wait until 9:30 to tell my best friend, Kendra. She was at work, but I wanted her to hear it from me."
“A lot of my friends are Hawkeye fans. I guess they’re going to have to buy Cyclone stuff now!”