The Minnesota home of IU women’s basketball freshman Lilly Meister suffered significant damage due to a fire on Aug. 1.
Meister and her family are doing fine but they have been displaced just weeks before her first semester in Bloomington begins.
“The whole upstairs is virtually gone, or smoke damaged in a way that it’s almost certainly a complete loss up there,” said Richard Hurt in a Go Fund Me set up for the family.
“The firefighters did a fantastic job and were quick and thorough. Unfortunately, because of their efforts, there is a tremendous amount of water damage on the main level. They told us that the ceiling would more than likely collapse over night.”
The link to the Go Fund Me is here if you would like to help the family.
The link to the Go Fund Me was circulated by IU assistant coach Rhet Wierzba, so you can be sure it is legitimate:
The house of our freshman, @lilly_meister16 caught on fire last night, and the upstairs was destroyed. Here is a link to their GoFund Me page. The Meisters are a great family, and anything we can do to make this time easier for them helps!https://t.co/snj3y4AaOe
— Rhet Wierzba (@RhetWierzba) August 2, 2022
IU women’s coach Teri Moren spoke on the 6-foot-3 Meister when she signed with the program.
“Lilly is a player that we have recruited for a long time,” Moren said. “She has great length and skill at the forward position. She has versatility in that she can score inside, as well as step out to the perimeter and hit from beyond the arc. As she continues to get stronger, her best basketball is ahead of her. We are excited to develop her into a really good Big Ten player.”
Hailing from Rochester, Minn., Meister became the second player in John Marshall H.S. history to score over 2,000 points and was named the Post Bulletin Girls Basketball Player of the Year as a senior. She averaged 22.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a senior.
Meister was rated as the No. 87 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 86 recruit by All Star Girls Report.
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