The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Missouri Southern Sports

June 6, 2012

MSSU women's basketball team adds transfer guard

Nicole Hartzog, 5-foot-6 guard, has transferred from Alaska-Fairbanks to join Missouri Southern’s women’s basketball team, Lions coach Maryann Mitts announced Wednesday.

Hartzog, from Beaverton, Ore., started 24 games for the Nanooks, and her 11.2 scoring average was the highest among freshmen in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. She made a season-high five 3-point goals while scoring a season-most 26 points against Minot State.

Hartzog also was second in the league in steals (2.6) and fourth in free-throw percentage (.819). The Nanooks finished 6-22 overall and 2-16 in league games.

At Beaverton High School she was a four-year letter winner and received the team’s best defensive award her sophomore and junior seasons. She also led the team with 5.2 steals per game her senior season.

She is the daughter of Dan and Brenda Hartzog. Her mother played Division I basketball for the Portland Pilots, and her aunt, Cindy Brown, was a member of the gold medal basketball teams from the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis and 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Brown played collegiately at Long Beach State from 1983-87, and she set NCAA records her senior year for points in a game (60 vs. San Jose State — 20 field goals and 20 free throws — in a 149-69 victory) and season (974). She still holds the single-game record, but her season record was broken by Missouri State’s Jackie Stiles with 1,062 in 2001.

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