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Former Women's Basketball Standout Bauer to Play Internationally

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: January 09, 2014
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By Rachel Buck (@GBRachel)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Working toward fulfilling a lifelong dream, former Green Bay women’s basketball standout Lydia Bauer will continue her basketball career overseas after signing with GDESSA in Portugal this past week.

“I had a goal of playing [overseas] next September and I had told the girls already there to keep an eye out,” Bauer said. “One of Stephanie’s [Sension] teammates was sent home the other week, and last Saturday I got a call and was offered a contract.” 

Bauer will join former teammate Stephanie Sension on the roster at GDESSA, a team located in Barreiro, Portugal, near the capital city of Lisbon. She becomes the fourth player from the class of 2013 to head overseas, a class that includes Sension, Adrian Ritchie (Nottingham – England) and Sarah Eichler (Stevsngade – Denmark). The 2013 class now has more athletes competing professionally than any other class in team history. 

“To have four teammates over there playing on separate teams is one thing, but to be able to have the chance to play with a former teammate is a very unique opportunity that I am excited about,” Bauer said. 

Bauer finished her career at Green Bay just shy of the 1,000 point mark with 988. A four-year player and two-year starter, she also posted 366 rebounds, 161 assists, 43 blocks and 123 steals. She had her best campaign as a senior, averaging 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 32.1 minutes of action. 

Bauer also helped lead the team to four Horizon League titles and NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing all the way to the Sweet 16 during the 2010-11 season. 

It will be a quick turnaround for Bauer, who has just over a week to tie up loose ends in Green Bay before heading to Portugal. 

“It was a hard decision to leave behind a lot of things I had going on in Green Bay, but I knew I wanted to pursue what I really wanted to do,” Bauer said. “It’s exciting and nerve-racking. I have a lot of commitments here that I’m shuffling around, but people are being very understanding.”

“I’m nervous and anxious to be living in a foreign country, but excited I get to do it with Stephanie. It will be exciting to put it on my life resume and to really embrace the culture while I’m over there while also playing basketball.”


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Saturday , November 01
Women's Basketball 
vs. Michigan Tech (Exhibition)
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Thursday , November 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. UW-Oshkosh (Exhibition)
7:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , November 15
Women's Basketball 
at Marquette
1:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
Monday , November 17
Women's Basketball 
at Vanderbilt
Nashville, Tenn.
Wednesday, November 19
Women's Basketball 
at Purdue
4:30 PM
West Lafayette, Ind.
Saturday , November 22
Women's Basketball 
vs. Duquesne
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Friday , November 28
Women's Basketball 
at Georgia Tech
11:00 AM
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , November 29
Women's Basketball 
at Arizona State or Villanova
Naples, Fla.
Sunday , November 30
Women's Basketball 
at TBD
Naples, Fla.
Saturday , December 06
Women's Basketball 
vs. Western Michigan
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Wednesday, December 10
Women's Basketball 
at South Dakota State
Brookings, S.D.
Saturday , December 13
Women's Basketball 
vs. Wisconsin
4:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Saturday , December 20
Women's Basketball 
vs. Vermont
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
Sunday , December 28
Women's Basketball 
at Dayton
1:00 PM
Dayton, Ohio
Saturday , January 03
Women's Basketball 
vs. Davenport
1:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.



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