June 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Tessa Cichy, a 6-0 guard from Somerset, Wis., has joined the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, head coach Bobbie Kelsey announced today. Cichy becomes the sixth player signed by Kelsey as part of her first recruiting class.
"The decision by Tessa to join our program as a preferred walk-on is a testament to her love for Wisconsin and her lifelong dream of playing Division 1 basketball as a Badger,” says Kelsey. ”She had plenty of other D1 scholarship offers but she made the decision to come to Wisconsin even if it meant joining us in this unconventional way.
“Tessa is an unbelievable play maker and passer. She sees the court very well but can also create her own shot. She brings physical and mental toughness, aggressiveness and a competitive nature that will be difficult to match. I will just say that after watching her performance at the state girls’ basketball tournament in March, I am glad she will be on our side."
As a senior, Cichy earned second-team all-state honors at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood, Minn. She was a two-time Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro first-team selection and an All-St. Paul Pioneer Press team selection. Cichy paced the Pioneers with 22 points per game as a senior, leading her team to an appearance in the 2012 Class AAA state tournament.
Cichy holds 16 Hill-Murray records and is the school’s career leader in points (2,366), rebounds (1,001), assists (649) and steals (479). She scored 51 points in a 103-96, four-overtime, victory over Mahtomedi on Jan. 27, 2012, drilling a school-record 24 free throws in 27 attempts.
Cichy played with the North Tartan AAU club, which gave the Badgers Alyssa Karel and Tara Steinbauer.
The Wisconsin native will be one of five freshmen joining the UW program next season along with 5-10 guard Nicole Bauman of New Berlin Eisenhower; 5-9 guard Makailah Dyer of Madison East; 5-8 guard Dakota Whyte of Ajax, Ontario; and 6-1 forward Shannon Malone of Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus; along with junior college transfer Daria Kryuchkova, a 6-3 post player from Jacksonville (Texas).