LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women’s Basketball rising senior forward Margot Hetzke has been declared a medical exception as a result of multiple concussions and hip injuries suffered which caused her to miss large portions of both the Saints’ 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Hetzke will remain with the program as a student assistant coach.
“My body has been through alot these past few years between concussions and hip injuries, and my coaches, teammates and the athletic training staff have all helped me understand that it’s in my best interest to protect my health,” Hetzke stated. “Although I may not be able to play anymore, I am looking forward to being able to support the team through bringing energy and enthusiasm from the bench. I’m looking forward to this new opportunity, and assisting in any way I can to help bring this team a championship.”
Hetzke appeared in 51 career games (45 starts) for Siena, averaging 10.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. The Penfield, New York native was unanimously named the 2014-15 MAAC Rookie of the Year after ranking ninth in the league in scoring (12.7) and fourth in rebounding (7.4). Hetzke was heralded as the MAAC Rookie of the Week a program record nine times and the ECAC Division I Metro/Upstate Rookie of the Week on five occasions that season after tallying 446 points, which marked the third most by a Siena freshman in school history.
“This process has been a difficult one for Margot,” said head coach Ali Jaques. “Margot is one of the most competitive players that I've ever had the opportunity to coach. I'm grateful that we've developed a player/coach relationship that I know will last a long time. It is unfortunate for any athlete to not be able to choose how their career ends. In typical Margot fashion, she is choosing to find the silver lining, and I think that is a great example for our players to witness.”
A 2015-16 Preseason Second Team All-MAAC selection, Hetzke started the first 10 games of her sophomore season before suffering a season-ending concussion on Dec. 12, 2015 vs. UAlbany. She returned to the court just over a year later, on Dec. 28, 2016 at Northeastern, and appeared in six games this past season before suffering her most recent setback on Jan. 10 at Iona.