She was invited to the selection camp of the Canadian National Women's Under 22 team in 2004-05. Other invitees at the camp included future Olympians Gillian Apps, Meghan Agosta, Tessa Bonhomme and Sarah Vaillancourt. She would represent Canada at the 2006 Air Canada Cup, played in Ravensburg, Germany from January 5–7, 2006.
Bauer was the 2007 WCHA Player of the Year and its scoring champion. In 2006, Bauer helped lead Wisconsin to a national title. During the 2006-07, Bauer registered at least a point in 28 of the team's games.