Injuries force Holzer to end career

June 18, 2013


NASHVILLE -- Vanderbilt women's basketball coach Melanie Balcomb has announced that two-time All-SEC selection Stephanie Holzer has decided to forego her remaining eligibility due to chronic medical issues. Holzer missed two seasons, including last year after suffering a devastating knee injury during an exhibition game. When healthy, she was a force to be reckoned with and a crowd favorite in Memorial. In her only two years at full strength, she earned all-league honors in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

"Although her time was limited due to injuries, Steph was one of the most dominating post players in the SEC," Balcomb said. "We will miss her toughness, competitive spirit and desire to win. Those special intangibles will serve her well in her future endeavors."

Holzer expressed gratitude for her teammates, coaches and fans.

"I could not be more grateful for the experiences I've had and the relationships I've made over the past four years that have allowed me to grow into a better person," she said. "Thank you to my family, teammates, practice players, coaches, friends, teachers and fans that have been a part of my career."

Holzer was also thankful for the experience at Vanderbilt as she continues graduate school at the University.

"Thank you to Vanderbilt for allowing me to compete at one of the most elite athletic and academic institutions in the country," she added. "It has been a crazy journey, but I am excited to move forward with my life and see what other opportunities lie ahead."

Holzer averaged 11.0 points and 6.8 rebounds for her career, playing in 61 games. Her career field goal percentage of 54.8% would rank ninth in program history (278-507, minimum is 400 field goals made to qualify). If her scoring and rebounding were projected out over four years, Holzer would depart Vanderbilt with 1,348 points and 830 rebounds, totals that would both rank in the top-20 in program history.

After redshirting her first season on West End, Holzer had a stellar freshman campaign, averaging 11.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in 28 games. She also led the team in blocks (1.4 per game) and became the first Vanderbilt freshman in five years to earn SEC Player of the Week honors. For her efforts, Holzer was named SEC Sixth Woman of the Year, honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press and the All-Freshman team by the league's coaches.

The next season, Holzer played in all 33 games, while starting 31 contests. She averaged 11.0 points and 7.5 rebounds, leading the team in rebounding. She posted nine double-doubles on the year, including in three of Vanderbilt's four postseason games. She was also named honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press.

The Newtown Square, Pa., native also excelled in the classroom and was a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. She graduated this May with a degree in Human and Organizational Development from Peabody College and is currently pursuing her master's degree.

"See you around Nashville and Go Dores," Holzer concluded.

In addition to Holzer's departure, reserves Maggie Morrison and Clair Watkins will not remain with the team and have transferred to other institutions.



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