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#12 Tara Heiser
Position: Guard
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Watertown, S.D.
High School: Watertown H.S.
Major: Early Childhood Education
Experience: 4 Letters
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Tara Heiser Career History Tara Heiser Career History

Tara was named a Distinguished Scholar on Summit League All-Academic Team and to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.

Played in 34 games, starting vs. North Dakota State (2/22) ... led team in scoring three times, assists seven times and steals three times ... scored in double figures eight times ... Tied her career high with 14 points, including 6-of-7 shooting from the foul line, in 16 minutes of action off the bench in the wins over Minnesota (3/27) in the WNIT and vs. Western Illinois (2/15) ... registered eight points, two assists and a steal in her first start of the season in a win vs. North Dakota State (2/22) ... dished a season- and game-high six assists in a win over Fort Wayne (1/11) ... collected a season-high two steals in wins over Omaha (1/18), IUPUI (1/9), Fort Wayne (1/11) and Denver (2/27) ... grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in the win over then-No. 12/12 Penn State (12/11) ... played a season-high 27 minutes in the win at Western Illinois (1/16) ... tied her career high in points with 14 vs. Georgetown (11/5) ... did not see time in the season opener at BYU (11/8) and at Creighton (11/12) due to an injury.

Again played a key role off the Jackrabbit bench season ... played in 32 games with one start ...ranked third on the team with 60 assists and fourth with 41 steals ... scored in double figures four times ... tallied seven points in home win over nationally-ranked Nebraska (11/18) ... reached double figures in back-to-back games, tallying 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range at Central Michigan (11/23) and season-high 12 points in overtime at Marquette (11/28) ... scored nine points on three-of-four shooting from long range in lone start of the season at Oakland (1/10) ... dished season-high seven assists and scored five points in home win over Oakland (2/9) ... averaged six points a game in Summit League tourney, reaching double figures with 10 points in semifinal victory over Fort Wayne (3/11) ... made key three-pointer and added three steals in championship game win over South Dakota (3/12) ... tallied seven points and added pair of rebounds in NCAA Tournament game against South Carolina.

Played in 30 games with pair of starts ... started Summit League championship game after Steph Paluch went down with season-ending knee injury ... missed first two games of the season due to injury… scored six points and collected four assists in Summit League opener at Western Illinois (11/30) ... was 2-of-3 on three-point attempts at Marquette (12/19) ... scored seven points, going 5-of-8 at the free throw line in home win over UMKC (1/14) ... scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and was credited with three steals and three assists in league regular season finale against Western Illinois (2/27) ... put together strong Summit League Championship tournament, averaging 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in the three games ... provided boost off the bench in opener against IPFW, scoring 10 points and hauling down five rebounds (3/3) ... scored season-high 12 points and added five rebounds and four assists in championship game against UMKC (3/6) ... contributed two points and three assists in starting role against Purdue in NCAA Tournament

Worked her way into the regular rotation at guard late in the season ... played in 24 games with one start ... made auspicious collegiate debut, making all four three-point attempts en route to 14 points, in season opener against Utah Valley (11/12) ... tallied career-high nine assists in game at Utah State (12/20) ... scored eight points and was credited with three assists and three steals in home win over UMKC (1/31) ... scored six points in each game of homestand versus Western Illinois (2/12) and IUPUI (2/14) ... scored a basket in each game of the Summit League postseason tournament ... finished season with four-point, two-assist, two-steal outing against Xavier (Ohio) in NCAA Tournament (3/20)

Sat out the season as a redshirt

Three-sport standout at Watertown High School ... lettered five times in basketball under the direction of coach Pat McClemans, earning first-team all-state recognition as a junior and senior, as well as second-team honors as a sophomore ... team won Class AA state titles her sophomore and senior seasons and placed third her junior campaign ... named Sioux Falls Argus Leader Player of the Year as a senior and was a finalist for the Miss Basketball award ... four-time all-Eastern South Dakota honoree ... ended prep career as school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,340 points ... also lettered six times in softball and five times in track and field ... ran on conference-champion 4x100-meter relay team and state runner-up medley relay team ... recipient of Elite 15 Award from the South Dakota High School Activities Association ... member of the National Honor Society and academic all-state selection ... served as senior class president