It’s not often you see a 5-foot-8 guard average 13 rebounds a game.
Which is probably why college coaches took notice of Sheboygan Falls senior Nicole Fenner this season.
“She works hard,” Falls coach Leroy Hamilton said of Fenner, who signed a letter of intent to play basketball next year at NAIA Division II Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee Friday. “She just outworks people.”
Fenner has averaged 11.5 points and 13 rebounds a game for the Falcons, who won the Eastern Wisconsin Conference with a perfect 14-0 record and earned a No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
She posted double-digit rebounds in 18 of Falls’ 22 regular-season games — and had 6, 8, 8 and 9 in the four others — including a 24-rebound outburst against Two Rivers on Dec. 18.
“She outworks people on defense and on offense,” Hamilton said. “She’s a post player in a guard’s body, she loves to mix it up. She’s not always in that position (to get rebounds), she just goes after them.”
Cardinal Stritch is 26-7 this season and qualified for the NAIA Division II National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa.
“There were several schools kind of looking at her,” Hamilton said. “(Cardinal Stritch coach John Pfaffl) kept in touch, came and watched her. She fits the mold for his program. She’s a coachable kid that works hard.”
Hamilton also praised Fenner’s work ethic and willingness to learn and improve her game.
“She’s like a sponge, she wants to learn and wants to get better,” Hamilton said. “She has improved so much working on her game; to average 13 rebounds a game and to be a shooting guard, it goes to show you.”
Fenner has also proven to be a capable scorer, and has posted 12 double-doubles this season.
“She’s an efficient shooter,” said Hamilton. “She only shoots 7, maybe 8 times a game. She makes a high percentage of them.
“She’s just one of those players in your program that every coach loves to have. She’s not afraid to challenge her teammates. She wants to win and she’s a leader, that’s just the way she is.”