Girls basketball: Lincoln's Fischer verbally commits to UWM

Girls basketball: Lincoln's Fischer verbally commits to UWM

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Girls basketball: Lincoln's Fischer verbally commits to UWM

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Manitowoc Lincoln junior guard Alyssa Fischer took a tour of UW-Milwaukee’s campus on Thursday. By the time she left, she had given a verbal commitment to play for the Panthers.

Milwaukee was one of the first schools to offer Fischer a scholarship and she had always been drawn to the NCAA Division I program, but the way the Panthers’ coaching staff treated her at her AAU tournament in Chicago last weekend sealed the deal.

“All along, I knew that I loved the coaches. They made me feel at home,” Fischer said. “What really made me decide was when they came to our last tournament this weekend, in Chicago. I ended up hurting my ankle pretty bad the last game. The next day when I couldn’t play, the coaches were still there. They were still supporting my team, supporting me.

“I knew automatically that they cared about me as a person, not just as a player. I knew they were great from the start, but that just took it over the top. I knew it was meant to be.”

Fischer averaged 18 points per game this past season, the third-highest mark in the Fox River Classic Conference. She was named first team all-conference, was an honorable mention All-State pick by the Associated Press, and was the 2014 HTR Media Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Now that she’s made her decision, Fischer feels that it’s time to put the focus back on improving her game.

“I think it’s just a big relief. A big stress has been lifted off my shoulders. Now, even for the summer basketball season, and next season when I’m a senior, it’ll just be me playing and getting better to be a Milwaukee Panther,” Fischer said. “I can really just hone in on the sport that I love and go back to not having to worry about what other people think of me and, instead, just play my game and get it done. “

UWM finished last season 8-22 overall and 4-12 in conference, placing them seventh in the nine-team Horizon League. Fischer believes that if she continues to work hard, she can make an immediate impact when she steps onto campus in 2015.

“I’m hoping that I come in there mentally tough. They told me that it doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a senior, they’re going to play whoever is ready, whoever is tough, and whoever is the better player,” Fischer said. “For me, i just want to work my butt off and just try to get myself stronger, faster, quicker, and better with my skills and, ultimately, I want to try and get better playing time and get in there right away and make a difference.”

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