Eye on POY: Wisconsin girls basketball

March, 3, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Nicole Bauman
Senior guard, Eisenhower (New Berlin, Wis.)

2011-12 Team record: 21-0 (Division 2)
2011-12 Team standing: Division 2 regional semifinal vs. TBA on March 9

2011-12 Points per game: 17.5
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 4.9
2011-12 Assists per game: 5.1
2011-12 Blocks per game: 1.0
2011-12 Steals per game: 3.2

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: University of Wisconsin

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 21.5 points, 6.3 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 1.2 assists against a Division 2 schedule of opponents with a .510 winning percentage. Shooting 51 percent from the field, 46 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free throw line. 2011 Third Team All-State selection as named by the Associated Press. 2011 Division 2 First Team All-State selection as named by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. 2011 All-Area selection as named by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. 2011 Woodland Conference Player of the Year. 2011 Division 2 state champion. 2011 Division 2 state tournament Most Valuable Player. 2010 Division 2 Honorable Mention All-State selection as named by the WBCA.

Heather Bowe
Senior forward, Regis (Eau Claire, Wis.)

2011-12 Team record: 20-1 (Division 4)
2011-12 Team standing: Division 4 regional semifinal vs. TBA on March 9

2011-12 Points per game: 21.8
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 8.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.7
2011-12 Blocks per game: 2.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.1

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Vanderbilt University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Her 21.8 points and 2.7 assists account for 42 percent of Regis' 64.8 points per game. Shooting 66 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free throw line. No. 28 ranked post in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS. 2011 First Team All-State selection as named by the Associated Press. 2011 Division 4 First Team All-State selection as named by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. 2011 Division 4 state champion. 2011 Division 4 state tournament Most Valuable Player. 2010 Division 3 First Team All-State selection as named by the WBCA.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Makailah Dyer: Senior guard, East (Madison, Wis.)
Brittney Fair: Senior guard, Nicolet (Milwaukee, Wis.)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

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