If you were looking for one more chance to watch Marquette basketball this season, you’ve got your opportunity. Natisha Hiedeman will be one of eight contestants in Thursday night’s Women’s 3-Point Championship at the Target Center in Minneapolis as part of the start of the men’s basketball Final Four weekend.
Between the men’s basketball dunk contest and men’s basketball three-point shooting contest as well as the women’s shooting contest, Hiedeman will be the only athlete representing the Big East. That’s fitting, as she’s the 2019 Big East Player of the Year.
Hiedeman averaged 18.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists. and 2.1 steals per game in 2018-19, leading Marquette in all of those categories except rebounding. As a senior, she shot 93-for-237 from three-point range for a shooting percentage of 39.3%. All three parts of that are career bests for Hiedeman, who finished her career with a long range shooting percentage of 35.9%, the seventh best accuracy mark in program history. She is Marquette’s #3 all-time scorer with 1,913 points, trailing only teammate Allazia Blockton and Krystal Ellis. Hiedeman also completely wrecked MU’s three-point shooting record, sinking 301 long range bombs in her career to surpass Lori Goerlitz’s previous record of 223.
Hiedeman is something of a streaky shooter, which works both for and against her in a shooting competition. If she starts hitting early, she could easily walk away with the title. Here’s the rest of the competition, along with their shooting stats for this past season.
Sophie Cunningham, Missouri — 85-for-211, 40.3%
Presley Hudson, Central Michigan — 112-for-293, 38.2%
Kiara Leslie, North Carolina State — 69-for-181, 38.1%
Darby Maggard, Belmont — 113-for-275, 41.1%
Maci Morris, Kentucky — 75-for-166, 45.2%
Taylor Pierce, Idaho — 154-for-389, 39.6%
Danni Williams, Texas — 67-for-175, 38.3%
The 2019 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 8pm Central
Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN