Batesville alum Izzy Higginbottom transfers to A-State

Batesville alum Izzy Higginbottom had 18 points Sunday as Missouri beat Idaho State.
Batesville alum Izzy Higginbottom had 18 points Sunday as Missouri beat Idaho State.(Mikayla Schmidt/Mizzou Athletics)
Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 9:16 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 28, 2022 at 9:02 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A top 100 prospect and a Batesville great will return home next season. Izzy Higginbottom announced she is transferring to A-State on her Twitter page Wednesday night.

This comes just hours after Higginbottom announced she was entering the transfer portal.

“Honestly, it was just kind of an over a course of time kind of thing,” Higginbottom said. “I remember talking about it, discussing it with my parents at Christmas break.”

Part of that conversation included a big game at First National Bank arena, when Arkansas State hosted Arkansas.

“I was definitely keeping up with that game,” Higginbottom said. “I just thought that was so cool. I guess that is actually when that thought might have sparked just how cool I thought it would be to represent my home state.”

The Fast Break Friday Night star averaged 6.0 points per game in 18.4 minutes per game, appearing in 27 games off the bench last season at Missouri.

“Internally I just kind of learned, you know that confidence comes from within and nobody can give you that and without confidence,” Higginbottom said, reflecting on her freshman year. “It doesn’t matter how much skill you have really. The guards are quicker, more athletic, bigger post players so it’s a lot more physical and I think that really helped me a lot to grow as a player.”

She had a game-high 18 points against Idaho State in November, boosting her to win SEC Freshman of the Week honors that week.

Out of high school, Higginbottom had offers from Arkansas State, Oklahoma, UT Arlington, Texas State, Murray State, Grand Canyon, North Texas, Drury and Arkansas Tech, to name a few.

She ranked as the #20 point guard in the 2021 ESPN/HoopGurlz National Recruiting Rankings after earning 4A All-State & 4A All-State Tournament accolades in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

She earned Finals MVP honors in 2019 as the Lady Pioneers won the 4A State Championship.

“I love the Rogers family,” Higginbottom said. “I’ve played with her younger sister winter since we were in seventh grade. So we’ve kind of just built a connection and strong relationship through that and I think she’s doing great things at Arkansas State and I would love to learn from her and build something special at Arkansas State... I know how much it means to me to get this opportunity to play for my region, my area and I’m so excited that it means that much to them as well.”

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