Hardin-Simmons Welcomes Fiona Hasse


Fiona Hasse Hardin-Simmons commit.

Amory Moore


Leading the Lady Wildcats Basketball team to the bi-district championship of Texas Division 6A, Region 1, Fiona Hasse carries the team on her shoulders as one of the captains.

Finishing third place in the district this past winter, Hasse, a senior at LHHS takes on more responsibilities; looking forward to her future as a Hardin-Simmons Cowgirl. A private university in Abilene, Texas, Hardin Simmons is looking forward to seeing Hasse’s action on the court in the fall.

“Fiona does a really good job of running the floor for her size,” Coach Kelley Meiklejohn, referenced. “She has also improved her shooting range over the last year and became a three-point threat.”

Hasse mentioned that after she originally heard from Hardin-Simmons this past summer, she then took a tour of the campus on September 24, 2022. She then received an offer to play for HSU’s women’s basketball team.

“I did receive offers to play at other schools like East Texas Baptist University and Mary Hardin Baylor, but I was most drawn to HSU,” Hasse said.

Coach MJ commented that Fiona took a lot of college visits and attended basketball camps to get noticed at the college level, but Hasse fell in love with Hardin-Simmons’ campus.

“She really connected with the coaching staff,” Meiklejohn added. “It has what Fi wants to study so it’s the best fit for her.”

When touring the campus, Hasse loved the atmosphere and said it felt like a second home to her. She also mentioned that her teammates have been so supportive of her and have always congratulated her on her commitment to Hardin-Simmons.

Fiona also takes over the court every time she steps into the gym. Her quick footwork and sprightly reflexes put a target on her back to the Wildcats’ opposing teams.

“Fiona is one of the most consistent players I have coached!” MJ added. “She excels with her footwork and how she can maneuver around with her back to the basket and finish.”

Hasse voiced that she loves the competitiveness of basketball and being part of a team. Hardin-Simmons seemed to offer her everything that she was looking for, and more.

Fiona’s leadership, empathy, and hard work ethic are what set her at the top of the game. HSU will definitely be able to use Hasse to their advantage on the court.

“I love my team here and can’t wait to see what they do next year!” Hasse mentioned in response to departing from her current team. 

Meiklejohn concluded that Fiona will be greatly missed next year, but the team cannot wait to see what she achieves on the court and in the classroom at Hardin-Simmons!