UNI women’s basketball adds Rachael Heittola to roster

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — UNI’s women’s basketball program announced the addition of centre-forward Rachael Heittola to its roster on Monday afternoon.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Rachael join our program for the next two years,” the head coach said. Tanya Warren. “She’s had an impressive career at Bemidji State and we can’t wait to have her in a Panther uniform next year. She’s a very talented post player who can score on the block and has the ability to get out and shoot 3 It fits perfectly with the way we like to play and I expect it to have an immediate impact for us next year.

Heittola is a second transfer from Division II Bemidji State and will have two years of eligibility starting in the 2022-23 season. Over the past year, Heittola has averaged 15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.85 assists in over 24 minutes of play per game. Heittola led the Beavers in points and rebounds per game throughout the 2021-22 season with 27 games played.

In addition to her consistent play with the Beavers, Heittola has been recognized by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference on several occasions. In 2020, Heittola was named to the NSIC All-Freshman team following the conclusion of the 2019–20 season. In 2021 and 2022, Heittola was named to the NSIC Conference First Team and the NSIC Winter Academic Team.

Heittola is from Belleville, Wisconsin and earned a letter with Belleville High School under head coach Sean Greenleaf. At Belleville, Heittola set the school record for most rebounds with 876 during his four-year career. Hiettola was also a tri-sport athlete in high school, playing volleyball and soccer along with basketball.

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