Estella Moschkau will finish college career with Badgers

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Former Madison Edgewood star, Estella Moschkau announced she plans to transfer to Wisconsin for her final season of college basketball on her Instagram page.

"Both my parents went to UW. I've been a huge fan my whole life and I'm so grateful that the opportunity came up when I entered the portal." Moschkau said to Mike Jacques over FaceTime. "I'm just super grateful and ready to get started."

The Madison native will come home as a graduate transfer and is immediately eligible for the 2020 season.

"I would never had left Stanford without a degree. I love the program and have no regrets, but with my final year of eligibility I wanted to go somewhere where I'd have a huge impact on the court and somewhere close to home."

The 6'1" guard will bring the experience of being apart of 82 wins at Stanford, two runs to the Elite Eight and a Pac-12 championship in 2019 along with a runner-up finish in the conference tournament this past season.

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Moschkau looks forward to bringing that experience of being around one of NCAA women's basketball's most successful programs to Madison.

"It was a super competitive environment and I learned a ton from it. I think my basketball knowledge and my mental toughness has grown from it."

"I think Coach Tsipis offers a lot to the program and I think with the right pieces, it's going to be a great year and I'm looking to contribute to a Big Ten championship. A NCAA tournament run. That's what I'm used to and that's what I'm expecting and I'm going to put in the work."

The future Badger's stats from her time as a Cardinal won't jump out as she averaged just 0.8 points and 3.1 minutes per game over 68 appearances for Stanford. Still, Moschkau's competitiveness has not suffered.

"I realize that starting and playing is earned and I'm going to have to prove myself on the court everyday in practice. I do think that coming from Stanford with a great basketball experience that I've grown a lot as a player and I just haven't been able to show that. I'm looking forward to showing that on the court with the work I've put in."

Moschkau made her decision that she wanted to transfer back in December, but kept it between herself and her parents as she did not want to distract the team. Still, once that decision was made, the former Edgewood Crusader had her eyes set on Madison.

"It's where I'm from. Edgewood High School is literally a block away from the campus. I love everything about the University of Wisconsin."

Moschkau doesn't see landing back in Wisconsin as just her final year of collegiate play, but an opportunity to attract other in-state products to stay home for their playing careers.

"I'm hoping to draw a lot of Wisconsin kids to the program because I think basing Wisconsin players around the whole program itself would be incredible."

During her days at Edgewood High School, Moschkau was rated as the 41st best player in the country per ESPN after averaging 18.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as she led Edgewood to the WIAA Division 3 State Championship in 2017.

Moschkau also earned Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year honors as a senior in high school along with being named Wisconsin Co-Miss Basketball in 2017.

Moschkau knows it will take more than a head coach or a single player to make the Badgers a destination program in women's college basketball, like the one she was a part of in Stanford.

"Making it (UW) the place to go in Wisconsin and even in the Midwest. It will take us Wisconsin kids turning it around and I think we can do it in one year. You can do anything in a year, a season, a month."

Don't believe her with that timetable? Go ask the Badgers men's basketball team how to turn a season around.