MaKenzie Miller lines up a shot while playing at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
MaKenzie Miller lines up a shot while playing at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Chatfield native MaKenzie Miller, a former standout of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women’s basketball team, will travel to Australia in March to play professionally for Latrobe City Energy, in the town of Traralgon, a suburb of Melbourne.

The talented post player averaged 14.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game during her senior campaign in 2016-17 (in conference: 18.6 points and 11.5 rebounds/game). She led the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in rebounding while ranking second in scoring, third in free throw shooting (81.4 percent), fifth in blocks and ninth in field goal shooting (42.6 percent). Her stellar all around play earned her All-WIAC league honors, the league’s scholar athlete award, and a spot on the All-Central Region second team.

Miller maintained a 3.60 grade point average while being a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll. She was a member of UWL's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered with the school's Motor Development Program and Adult Fitness Program. Miller has also been involved with the Adapted Sports League in La Crosse area high schools.

“MaKenzie will be playing in the Big V League (Division One). I have two other clients going there and it will be a good test for MaKenzie. Coach Middleton speaks very highly of MaKenzie’s abilities and work ethic, so I know she’ll do well in Australia. With her high basketball IQ and strong post play, she will help the club win games,” said Miller’s agent, Matthew C. Krejci of MK Sports and Entertainment LLC, in Dublin, Ohio.

“I am unbelievably excited for the opportunity to be able to play, especially in Australia,” said Miller. “This is a dream come true, and I cannot thank my coaches, teammates, and family enough for providing me with the support to be in this position. I’m thrilled to have been given this chance to not only continue playing the game I love, but to continue learning. There are no words to explain my true excitement for this next step in my life.”

Miller graduated with a degree in health and physical education from UW-La Crosse.