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Heggie commits to Moorhead

Alexandria’s Brooke Heggie goes up for a shot against Detroit Lakes on March 4, 2014. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

Alexandria’s Brooke Heggie will continue her basketball career as a member of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead women’s basketball team after her upcoming senior season with the Cardinals.

Heggie made the decision to verbally commit to MSU-Moorhead earlier this summer after liking what she saw in the campus and the university’s basketball program.

“Close to home, it’s a good sized campus; it’s not too big yet it’s not too small,” said Heggie, who played her first two years of high school ball in Crookston before moving to Alexandria. “I kind of felt really comfortable the first time I stepped on campus.”

The recent success of the Dragons was “definitely” a factor in her decision to attend the school. Moorhead finished with a 16-11 overall record in 2013-2014, including a 12-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) record.

Heggie also noticed the willingness of MSU-Moorhead to involve inside players in their offense, something that drew her toward the team.

“They get their posts really involved,” Heggie said. “Every time they push it down the court they look to pass it into the post, and they just work a lot with their posts.”

Heggie said she received interest from other Division I and Division II schools throughout the Midwest, but she found MSU-Moorhead as the best fit. The Moorhead coaching staff started showing interest in Heggie during last year’s basketball season, and that increased once she started playing her AAU ball with the Metro Stars program.

“Moorhead started looking at me during the high school season, but they started watching me more during AAU,” Heggie said. “They started watching me more during AAU, and that’s where the visit came.”

Heggie has interacted with the coaching staff and some of the Dragons players as well. While playing high school basketball in Crookston she got to know Hawley’s Drew Sannes, who will be a redshirt freshman on the Moorhead 2014-2015 team.

Now that she has made a decision on where she will go to school, Heggie said she can focus all of her energy on basketball this winter instead of wondering which college teams are watching her play.

“I’m really excited,” Heggie said. “Kind of nervous, but it’s a big step in my life and it’s kind of a new journey.”

The AAU season is winding down this weekend, and Heggie said Alexandria high school’s summer team has one more tournament left on the schedule. With her senior season starting in less than four months, Heggie hopes the Cardinals can gel with a young roster and make a push toward a state tournament run.

“Our big [goal] is making it to state, but it’s a young team and I know it’s going to have its ups and downs,” Heggie said. “But I know we will pull together and be a good team.”

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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