NDSCS Lady Wildcat basketball inks recruiting class of ten for 2011-12
Posted on 8/25/2011
North Dakota State College of Science head women’s basketball coach Paulette Stein has announced the signing of ten student-athletes for the 2011-12 season. The class includes: Katelyn Campbell of Fairmount, N.D.; Mara Pankow of Hankinson, N.D.; Kari Bergstrom of Norman County East, Minn.; Taalyr Egeness and Sierra Benning of Eagle Bend, Minn.; Katie Wangberg of Pine River-Backus, Minn.; Albertine Bazile of Florida City, Fla.; Ariel Running Bear of Breckenridge, Minn.; and Chanel Dickenson of DeLaSalle, Minn.
Campbell, a Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah (FCT) local standout, comes in off a banner year for the Rebels under head coach Brenda Dahlgren. The 5-foot-7 guard averaged 14.8 points per game and had over 1,300 points in her prep career. Dubbed as First Team All-Conference and First Team All-District, Campbell was also FCT's best defender with 2.9 steals per game. Offensively, Campbell is a threat from the three-point line, as she averages 39.2 percent from the line.
“Campbell has extensive experience both as a shooting guard and point guard,” commented coach Stein. “Campbell will be a perfect fit into our style of play, and we are looking forward to utilizing her talent in multiple positions.”
Egeness, a 5-foot-10 forward from Eagle Valley High School, scored over 1,000 points during her prep career. The three-time All Conference honoree averaged 13.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. She was also awarded Queen of Boards honors and the Eagle Valley HS Rebel Award.
Joining Egeness is former Eagle Valley teammate and standout, point guard Sierra Benning. The 5-foot-3 point guard also scored over 1,000 points during her high school career and averaged 14 points, four rebounds and four assists per game. Benning has an impressive list of prep accolades, including two team MVP honors, three All-Conference and one Athlete-of-the-Week honors. Due to Benning’s all-around aggressive and consistent play, she too was awarded the Rebel Award.
Wangberg, a 5-foot-7 guard is a threat on both sides of the court. Offensively, she scored 14.7 points per game with 2.6 assists and averaged an impressive 30 percent from three-point territory. Defensively, she picked up 5.6 rebounds, 4.9 steals and blocked two shots per game. At Pine River-Backus, Wangberg collected a number of honors, including a nomination to the All-Conference Team, a four-time selection to the Brained All-Area Team, Team MVP, Conference MVP, All-State Honorable Mention and was a three-time team captain. She was also selected to participate in the All-Star Border Battle game.
Acting as a center for the Wildcats is 6-foot Albertine Bazile. Bazile spent her prep career at Homestead High School, Fla.
Finishing the freshmen roster is Ariel Running Bear and Chanel Dickenson. Running Bear is a former Breckenridge High School Cowgirl. The 5-foot-6 guard played for NDSCS alum and former Lady Wildcat hoopster, Sue Smith. Dickenson, a 5-foot-8 guard, helped the DeLaSalle Islanders to a Minnesota Class 3A State title last winter during her senior season.
The Lady cats return three sophomores, Kaylin Sheets of Moffett, N.D., Dericka Griffis of Minneapolis, Minn., and Michelle Reif of Mounds View, Minn.
Also returning are forwards Mara Pankow and Kari Bergstrom. Both were listed as a medical red-shirt during the 2010-11 season.
The Lady Wildcats are a Division I NJCAA basketball program and compete in the Mon-Dak Conference. Coach Paulette Stein enters her ninth year and has produced eight NJCAA All-Americans while at North Dakota State College of Science. The Lady Wildcats play a 30 game regular season schedule. The team finished the 2010-11 season with a 21-11 record.