Inside Gabi Haack’s decision to return

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Bradley women's basketball player Gabi Haack, a senior education major, relaxes with a book and a hammock in 2020 on the Bradley campus. The highly decorated player will return to Peoria for a fifth season.

PEORIA — Andrea Gorski was sitting in a Jacksonville, Florida, restaurant with her family a couple of weeks ago, getting ready to order dinner after the greatest season in Bradley women’s basketball history.

An unexpected dessert arrived in the form of a phone call, as fifth-year senior Gabi Haack put herself on BU’s menu for an encore in 2021-22.

“It’s Gabi,” the Bradley coach said after glancing at her phone. “I thought, ‘This is going to be either really great news or really bad news.’ It was a drama-filled moment.

“She said ‘Coach, I’ve been thinking about it’ … then she said the words:  ‘I’m coming back.’ I literally jumped out of my seat and started jumping up and down in the restaurant.”

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