IU women make Liz Stratman transfer official

Liz Stratman always hoped it would work out this way.

As a prep player at Heritage Christian, she wanted to represent the state of Indiana and she wanted to do it at IU.

After transferring from Butler over the weekend, Stratman now has that opportunity.

Adding Stratman, in a move that was officially announced Tuesday, is a major haul for Indiana, which will be looking to fill holes in a depleted frontcourt over the next two seasons. Stratman, who will begin classes in Bloomington this summer, will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and become eligible for the 2015-16 campaign.

“I always wanted to go to IU back when I was a junior in high school,” said Stratman, who was initially recruited to IU by former coach Felisha Legette-Jack. “This time around, when coach (Curt) Miller recruited me, I came to visit and it felt right. The facilities there can really help me get better and enhance my game.”

She was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year last season as a junior, leading the the conference with 79 blocks — an average of 2.7 per contest. She shot over 52 percent from the field, averaging 13.1 points to go along with 6.8 rebounds.

As a versatile, strong inside presence, Stratman helped the Bulldogs in myriad ways. The New Palestine native scored in double figures 19 times last year and posted five scoring efforts of 20 or more points. She finished the season with six double-doubles. Stratman helped lead Heritage Christian to back-to-back Class 2A state championships in 2008 and 2009 and played on the 2011 Indiana All-Star team with current Hoosier Kaila Hulls.

“We are so excited about the addition of Liz Stratman to our program,” Indiana coach Curt Miller said in a statement. “Liz is coming off an outstanding and productive year at Butler. She finished in the Top 15 in six separate statistical categories in the Big East. Liz has the versatility to play both post positions for our team. She is excellent in transition and her mobility will make her tough to guard in the ball screen offense. Liz is also a fantastic post defender as she led the Big East in block shots. She will help us protect the paint against an outstanding group of post players in the Big Ten. Finally, our commitment continues to recruit the state of Indiana aggressively and Liz is our latest addition to the Hoosier Nation.”

The ability to make an impact close to home was one of Miller’s major selling points in his recruitment of the 6-foot-2 center, who was one of four players to leave Butler’s program after this season. Stratman said the culture during what amounted to Beth Couture’s final season as Bulldogs coach grew negative, her future at the Big East school becoming less clear.

So with an opportunity to play her final year of eligibility at an up-and-coming, in-state program, Stratman jumped.

“One of the things they need is post help and that was definitely something that attracted me,” she said. “It’s exciting that I can be part of something special. Coach Miller is really turning this around. For me to be able to help and work my butt off for the state of Indiana, that’s really exciting and something I really wanted to do.”

Indiana returns only four scholarship frontcourt players next season, in addition to adding freshman forward Amanda Cahill.

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  1. While it is a real shame she will not be eligible to play next year when our need for her size and skill is greatest, it’s good to know we will have her the following year. She is without a doubt a quality player! I was really hoping coach Miller would be seeking out another post player to help us next year but, there just may not be any left out there? Our lack of size inside next year really concerns me. While this will again be a very exciting team to watch and will certainly be able to score, we will be very pressed defensively and on the boards due to the size of many of the conference teams. There were times this year even with the size we had at the time where we really struggled against several bigger Big Ten teams. In the big picture, coach Miller and his staff are doing a great job! Go Hoosiers!

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