From Fire to Panther

Waconia native Hannah Schonhardt currently leads the UNI women’s basketball team in most blocked shots, field goal percentage, and three-point percentage. Above, Schonhardt (20) blocks Minnesota’s Shayne Mullaney in late December. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Hubbard Photography)

Waconia native Hannah Schonhardt currently leads the UNI women’s basketball team in most blocked shots, field goal percentage, and three-point percentage. Above, Schonhardt (20) blocks Minnesota’s Shayne Mullaney in late December. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Hubbard Photography)

Waconia native Hannah Schonhardt is making a splash on the basketball court at the University of Northern Iowa this season. The 2012 Holy Family Catholic High School graduate, who was well-respected in volleyball, basketball, and track and field, is quickly becoming an important member of the Panther women’s basketball team during her freshman year.

With her first career start for the Panthers on Dec. 29 against St. Louis, Schonhardt has been featured as one of the team’s players to watch and is posting impressive statistics.

Against Southern Illinois on Jan. 31, Schonhardt posted a career-high 15 points, the third time this season she has scored double figures. She also pulled down nine rebounds against the Billikens. With 35 minutes on the court, Schonhardt also logged the most minutes of any team member.

She topped her own career points record Saturday night against Evansville, when Schonhardt netted 23 points. She also grabbed eight boards.

For her performances against Southern Illinois and Evansville, Schonhardt was recognized as the Missouri Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Week. While she is not yet ranked among MVC players (as she has yet to appear in 75 percent of the team’s games), Schonhardt’s numbers are certainly beginning to rival those on the lists.

Schonhardt has scored 139 points this season, the fourth highest on the team. The six-foot-two forward leads the team in field goal percentage at .462 (49-106), as well three-point percentage (.386, 17-44) and blocked shots (15). She is second in defensive rebounds, having grabbed 75 so far this year.

The UNI Panthers are 11-11 so far this season and are 5-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The University of Northern Iowa is a Division I public institution located in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

 

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

 
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