As her final season with the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team came to an end, 2015 Litchfield graduate Hannah Norlin had time to reflect on the mark she left on the Yellowjackets record book. The senior racked up accolades throughout her career and leaves as one of the program’s top all-time players.
“My starting goal was to work hard and play, because there was a lot of post presence when I came there,” Norlin said. “I worked really hard because I wanted to show (coach) that I would be able to contribute and everything.”
Norlin leaves the school with 1,342 career points to finish second on the all-time scoring list and is sixth on the all-time rebounding list. She is also fourth in career blocks, second in field goal percentage and second in field goals made.
“I didn’t really think about it until after the season was done,” Norlin said. “Being No. 2 all-time for leading scoring is just crazy to me. I didn’t think I was going to be that high up in the rankings. Everything is kind of shocking and surprising to me because I just do it. I don’t really think about it.”
During her senior season, Norlin ranked second in the UMAC in scoring at 17.3 points while leading the league in rebounding at 9.4 rebounds. She recorded a dozen double-double performances on her way to earning the UMAC Player of the Year Award. She was also named to the D3Hoops.com All-West Region Second Team.
“I have to say that one of my biggest goals was to score 1,000 points,” Norlin said. “But after accomplishing that, it’s probably the biggest compliment to receive Player of the Year. I wouldn’t say that awards … are that significant to me, but at the same time, it’s a big compliment to have the coaches select you as that.”
UW-Superior reached the NCAA tournament three times during her tenure. The Yellowjackets tied a school-record 24 wins this season but were edged 55-54 by Bethany Lutheran College in the UMAC Championship to fall one win short of the NCAA tourney.
“I was kind of in shock, ‘I cant believe we just lost,’” Norlin said. “I wasn’t expecting that.”
With her basketball career now over, Norlin will next will focus on finishing her double major of management and marketing. She said that though she likes Wisconsin, she sees better opportunities in Duluth of the Twin Cities.
Regardless of where her next step in life is, Norlin left a lasting impact on the UW-Superior program.
“Coming into it I didn’t think I was going to leave a legacy,” Norlin said. “You want the best for yourself, and then four years go by, and you’re like, ‘Oh wow, I was actually successful.’”