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Combining what she was looking for academically along with a strong basketball program made Hannah McGlone's college choice a fairly easy one.
After a weekend visit McGlone, Streamwood's 6-foot senior center, gave Winona State coach Scott Ballard her verbal commitment to accept a scholarship at the NCAA Division II school in Minnesota.
"The program for athletic training and the basketball program are a great fit for me," McGlone said. "I love the college and the team."
A two-time Daily Herald all-area player, McGlone averaged 10.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game last season in leading the Sabres to a 22-9 season, their first regional title in 25 years and a sectional final berth. She also set a program record for blocked shots in a season (154) and enters her senior season as Streamwood's second all-time leading scorer and shot blocker. She has 784 career points, 878 rebounds and 330 blocked shots going into this season.
"I'm happy for her," said Streamwood coach George Rosner. "She's worked hard. As a post player she's one of the best I've ever had and she's the most versatile post player I've ever had. She can handle the ball, she play inside and she can play outside.
"Winona is a good fit for her and she deserves it."
At Winona, McGlone will join a program that has made great strides since Ballard's arrival in 2007. The Warriors were 21-11 last season and 13-9 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. They were the NSIC champs in 2010-11 and have made two NCAA Tournament appearances under Ballard, who has won over 400 games in his college coaching career and has a .630 winning percentage.
"I watched one practice and learned a lot," said McGlone, who also considered Northern Michigan. "I saw a lot of variety and they play a smart game. I like that."
McGlone, who will be out of Streamwood's lineup until Dec. 1 with an injury, said she's happy to have her college choice done with so that she can concentrate on her senior season with the Sabres, who open the season Nov. 20 against Crystal Lake South at the Dundee-Crown tournament.
"I like being able to not worry about it," McGlone said of making her college choice. "I'll still perform to the best of my ability every night but it's a lot of pressure off me. It's nice knowing I'm going to a place that I want to go to and a place that wants me."