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Women’s Basketball Release Preseason Release For Immesdiate Release

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NSIC Preseason Player of the Year #31 Ashley Arlen F, 6-2, Jr., Cascade, Iowa Cascade HS Wayne State Ashley Arlen was selected First Team All-NSIC and Daktronics All-Central Region last season after leading the Wildcats to a 26-5 record and the NSIC/Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament title averaging 19.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Arlen ranked second in the NSIC in scoring, was sixth in blocked shots (1.06), eighth in rebounding and 11th in field goal percentage (.483). Her 599 points ranked third most in school history by a Wildcat player in a single season. She scored an NSIC Tournament record 73 points in three tournament games and was named to the NSIC All-Tournament Team, helping the Wildcats to the NSIC Tournament title and third trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament in the last five seasons. Arlen had 10 double-doubles last season and scored in double figures in 29 of 31 games started, including season-highs of 33 points and 11 rebounds at Bemidji State on 1-3-10.

2010-11 NSIC WBB Coaches’ Preseason Poll 1. Wayne State (11) .....................166 2. Augustana (2)...........................152 3. Concordia-St. Paul (1)..............150 4. Minnesota Duluth.....................125 Winona State.............................125 6. MSU Moorhead........................97 7. Northern State...........................93 8. Minnesota State........................91 9. Minnesota, Crookston...............63 10. St. Cloud State..........................59 11. U-Mary.....................................51 12. SMSU.......................................49 13. Bemidji State............................40 14. Upper Iowa...............................13 ( ) First Place Votes

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s Basketball Standings 2009-10 Final Standings as of March 30, 2010 (-------NSIC Games -------) (----------------All Games----------------)

W L Win % GP PF PA W L Win % GP PF Concordia St. Paul# 17 3 .850 20 1625 1328 26 6 .812 32 2592 Wayne State^# 16 4 .800 20 1439 1174 26 5 .839 31 2318 Augustana # 16 4 .800 20 1581 1373 24 7 .774 31 2390 Minnesota Duluth # 13 7 .650 20 1463 1330 20 11 .645 31 2145 MSU Moorhead 12 8 .600 20 1425 1373 18 10 .643 28 2042 Winona State 12 8 .600 20 1440 1406 17 11 .607 28 1988 Northern State 11 9 .550 20 1319 1246 15 13 .536 28 1835 Minnesota State 10 10 .500 20 1406 1397 15 13 .536 28 2031 Southwest Minnesota State 9 11 .450 20 1302 1356 15 12 .556 27 1808 Minnesota Crookston 7 13 .350 20 1445 1588 10 17 .370 27 1958 Bemidji State 6 14 .300 20 1386 1534 12 15 .444 27 1934 Mary 6 14 .300 20 1357 1420 10 17 .370 27 1872 St. Cloud State 5 15 .250 20 1233 1465 10 17 .370 27 1757 Upper Iowa 0 20 .000 20 1222 1653 2 25 .074 27 1665 ^NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Champions #NCAA Central Region Participant

PA  STK 2120 L1 1768 L1 2074 L1 2025 L2 1869 L1 1877 L1 1715 L1 1919 L1 1756 L4 2062 L2 1992 L5 1863 L1 1957 L2 2132 L8

Wayne State Selected in NSIC WBB Preseason Coaches’ Poll The defending NSIC Tournament Champions of Wayne State College were selected as the 2010-11 NSIC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ favorite. The Wildcats accumulated 166 points with 11 first place votes to earn the honor. Augustana College (152) was ranked second and received two first place votes while Concordia-St. Paul (150) was third with one first place vote. Minnesota Duluth and Winona State tied for fourth place in the poll as they both amassed 125 points. The Wildcats will also boast the NSIC Preseason Player of the Year in Ashley Arlen. Arlen was a Daktronics All-Region and NSIC All-Conference First Teamer last year as well as making the NSIC/Sanford Health All-Tournament Team. NSIC coaches rank each team from 1 to 13 with a first place vote receiving 13 points, second place 12, third place 11, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players. The 2010-11 women’s basketball season gets underway on Saturday, November 13 and NSIC action on December 3rd.

The NSIC is a 14-team, 17-sport, NCAA Division II Conference with teams located in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Augustana College • Bemidji State • Concordia - St. Paul • University of Mary • Minnesota , Crookston • Minnesota Duluth • Minnesota State University, Mankato • • MSU Moorhead • Northern State • Southwest Minnesota State • St. Cloud State • Upper Iowa • Wayne State • Winona State


2010-11 NSIC Women’s Basketball Players to Watch

AUGUSTANA COLLEGE - #32 Megan Doyle (G, 5-8, Sr., Alexandria, S.D. / Hanson HS) led the Vikings in scoring (14.6 points a game) and assists (164) in 2009-10 and was second in rebounds (165). Doyle was an All-NSIC first team selection a year ago as she led the Vikings to the NCAA Regional Tournament Semifinals. She was also named to the 2009 All-NSIC Second Team and was named NSIC Player of the Week on January 26, 2009 and February 15, 2010. BEMIDJI STATE - #54 Jessie Althoff (C, 6-1, So., Becker, Minn. / Becker HS) returns after an outstanding freshman season where she led the Beavers in scoring with 10.1 points per game and earned NSIC All-Freshman team honors. Althoff will be asked to be more consistent for BSU as she looks to improve as a sophomore in 2010-11. She started 22 of 27 games as a freshman, averaging 24.4 minutes per game. Althoff shot 43.4 percent from the field. She finished her initial season with the green and white with a 25 point performance against eventual NSIC Tournament Champion Wayne State (Neb.). CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL - #22 Jineen Williams (G, Sr., Racine Wis.) was named a 2010 Women’s DII Bulletin AllAmerica Honorable Mention , Central Region All-Tournament team and All-NSIC First Team in her first season with the Golden Bears. Williams was named the MVP at the Wildwood Lodge Tip-Off Classic and the NDSU Classic. She was the NSIC Player of the Week February 22. Williams was the leading scorer for the #19 Golden Bears in defending the NSIC Regular Season Champion last year and will again be called upon to be a scoring leader in the 2010-11 season. She started every game for CU, averaging 13.3 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, 3 assists per game, while shooting .446 from the field. She led the team with 424 points on the season while averaging 28.1 minutes per game. She had a season high 36 points against MSU Moorhead, second highest scoring total in school history since joining the NCAA and highest mark in the NSIC in the 09-10 season. She also had 32 points in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament 3/12/10 against Adams State, including 4-7 from three point land. UNIVERSITY OF MARY - #23 Shaunna Knife (F, 5-11, So., Bottineau, N.D. / Bottineau HS) made her mark when she hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to shock nationally-ranked Concordia University-St. Paul last season. After working her way into the lineup, Knife led the Marauders in scoring in six of eight games before missing the final five games of the season to injury. For the season, she averaged 7.7 points and 2.9 rebounds, shooting 48.0 percent from the field and 44.4 percent on threes. MINNESOTA, CROOKSTON -#15 Jamie Zelinsky (G, 5-11, Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) started all 27 games and finished the season with a team-high 16.4 points/game average, good for third in the NSIC. She scored her 1,000th point on December 20 against Dickinson State and moved into second place all-time in scoring at the University of Minnesota, Crookston with 1,302 points. Zelinsky led the team in field goals made with 161 and in rebounds with 146. She dished out a team-high 70 assists and blocked a team-high 17 shots and was named to the NSIC All-Conference Second Team. MINNESOTA DULUTH - #42 Kelsey Hewitt (F, 6-2, Sr., Chippewa Falls, Wis. / Chippewa Falls H.S.) shot 44.8 percent from the field and averaged an even 10 points per game as a junior for the Bulldogs, who graduated Jheri Booker, the 2009-10 NSIC Player of the Year. Hewitt started all 31 contests last season as UMD went 20-11 overall and made the ninth NCAA Playoff appearance in program history after a run to the NSIC Tournament Title game. Hewitt scored in double figures on 15 occasions a year ago and recorded a double-double in a 53-49 win over Northern Michigan University. MINNESOTA STATE - #22 Andrea Walsh (G, 5-8, Sr., Yankton, S.D. / Yankton HS) was injured in the 2009-10 season, but in the 2008-09 season she started in all 34 games for the Mavericks. She was second on the team in assists and three-point percentage with 124 assists and a .426 three-point percentage. She posted a career high of 12 points against Augustana and a career high of seven rebounds and three steals against Concordia. Overall she tallied 176 points, 108 rebounds, 124 assists, 15 blocks, and 50 steals in the 2008-09 season. MSU MOORHEAD - #40 Angie Jetvig (F, 6-2, Jr., Hawley, Minn. / Hawley HS) led the team in field goal percentage last season going 133-265 (.502) with 324 points., averaging 11.6 per game. She had 23 three-pointers in 68 attempts while leading the team among returners in points (11.6 ppg), rebounds (5.5 rpg), field goal percentage and blocks (18). She ranked 25th in the league in points per game and fifth in field goal percentage and was a member of the Academic All-Conference team.

Augustana College • Bemidji State • Concordia - St. Paul • University of Mary • Minnesota , Crookston • Minnesota Duluth • Minnesota State University, Mankato • • MSU Moorhead • Northern State • Southwest Minnesota State • St. Cloud State • Upper Iowa • Wayne State • Winona State


2010-11 NSIC Women’s Basketball Players to Watch NORTHERN STATE - # Mikayla Barondeau (F, 6-1, Jr., Frederick, S.D. / Frederick-Leola HS) played in and started all 28 games of the season in 2009-10, leading the Wolves into the NSIC post-season tournament for the first time since 2007-08. Barondeau averaged 13.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest in her sophomore campaign and earned Second Team All-NSIC honors for her efforts. She registered seven double-double efforts on the season, including the only 20-20 game in NSU history. Barondeau logged 22 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Wolves to an 84-73 win at Bemidji State on Jan. 15. She logged an even 1,000 minutes of court time and was a solid 44.4 percent from the floor, including 37.5 percent from three-point territory. Barondeau also led the Wolves with 38 steals and was third with 81 assists. SMSU - #11 Tori Fink (G, 5-7, Sr., North Fond du Lac, Wis.) averaged 11.4 points for the Mustangs last season. She finished the season as the second leading scorer with 296 points. Fink led the team with 63 free throws made (2.4 per game) and 47 steals (1.8 per game). She finished second on the team with 57 assists (2.2 per game). Fink led the Mustangs in scoring eight out of 27 games. She picked up three 20-point games, notching a career-high 25 against Hillsdale on Nov. 21. Fink shot 36 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the free throw line. ST. CLOUD STATE - #11 Talisha Barlow (G, 5-8, Sr., Little Canada, Minn. / Roseville HS) is the lone senior on the 2010-11 St. Cloud State squad. A two-time All-NSIC Second Team selection, Barlow led the Huskies in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (4.6 rpg) last season. She shot 47.1 percent from the field and averaged 29.9 minutes playing time per game. She scored in double figures in all but five games last season and opened the 2009-10 season with a 31 point performance against UW-Stout. Barlow joined the SCSU 1,000 point club on Jan. 9 and currently ranks 20th on the all-time scoring list with 1,183 career points. She has played in all 86 games of her career and is a starter in 81, including 77 straight starts. WAYNE STATE - #54 Mara Hjelle (C, 6-2, Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn. / Mahtomedi HS) was a First Team All-NSIC selection last season after averaging 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. She was named MVP of the 2010 NSIC/Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament after recording 26 points and 11 rebounds in the title game vs. Minnesota Duluth, helping WSC to a 77-67 win and the school’s third trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last five seasons. Hjelle shot 46.6 percent from the field and 79.1 percent from the free throw stripe last season. She led the NSIC in offensive rebounds per game (3.68), was second in steals (2.26), third in blocks (1.26), tied for fourth in rebounding and sixth in scoring. As a sophomore, Hjelle was a Second Team All-NSIC selection after averaging 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. WINONA STATE - #21 Natalie Gigler (F, 6-0, Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Champlin Park HS) has been a large part in Winona State’s recent success. The forward has averaged 11 points per game over her three-year career, netting 11.7 a season ago. She was extremely efficient in the 2009-10 campaign with a field goal percentage of.523. She was a second team all-conference member a year ago. Gigler gained notoriety at the beginning of last season when she hit a 12-foot jumper from the left baseline with one second left in the game to give the Warriors a 64-62 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in exhibition action at Williams Arena.

Augustana College • Bemidji State • Concordia - St. Paul • University of Mary • Minnesota , Crookston • Minnesota Duluth • Minnesota State University, Mankato • • MSU Moorhead • Northern State • Southwest Minnesota State • St. Cloud State • Upper Iowa • Wayne State • Winona State


NSIC Women’s Basketball Returning All-Conference Players 2010-11 Returning All-Conference Players First Team Pos. Ht ^Yr. School Hometown 2007-08 Preseason Coaches Poll 32 Megan Doyle G 5-7 Sr. Augie Alexandria, S.D. 1. Concordia-St. Paul (9)............................................. 90 10 Maurika Hickman G 5-6 Sr. CU Minneapolis, Minn. 2. MSU Moorhead (1).................................................. 82 22 Jineen Williams G 5-9 Sr. CU Racine, Wis. 3. Bemidji State........................................................... 62 31 Ashley Arlen F 6-2 Jr. WSC Cascade, Iowa Northern State . ....................................................... 62 54 Mara Hjelle C 6-2 Sr. WSC White Bear Lake, Minn. 5. Winona State............................................................ 56 Second Team Pos. Ht ^Yr. School Hometown 6. Wayne State (Neb.).................................................. 55 24 Molly Hayes G 5-5 Jr. Augie Harrisburg, S.D. 7. University of Mary (N.D.)....................................... 53 23 Jamie Zelinsky F 5-11 Sr. UMC Brooklyn Park, Minn. 8. Southwest Minnesota State...................................... 35 24 Lindsay Miller G 5-9 Jr. UMD Wausau, Wis. 9. Upper Iowa.............................................................. 27 35 Mikayla Barondeau F 6-1 Jr. NSU Frederick, S.D. 10. Minnesota, Crookston............................................ 18 11 Talisha Barlow G 5-8 Sr. SCSU Little Canada, Minn. 21 Natalie Gigler F/C 6-0 Sr. WSU Brooklyn Park, Minn. 2006-07 Preseason Coaches Poll All-Defensive Team Pos. Ht ^Yr. School Hometown Points 4 Zoraa Quoie G 5-7 Sr. CU Woodbury, Minn. 54 Mara Hjelle C 6-2 Sr. WSC White Bear Lake, Minn. 1. Northern State (4).................................................... 84 2. MSU Moorhead (5).................................................. 82 All-Freshman Team Pos. Ht ^Yr. School Hometown44 3. Concordia-St. Paul (1)............................................. 78 Alex Feeney C 6-0 So. Augie Bismarck, N.D. 4. Wayne State (Neb.).................................................. 65 54 Jessica Althoff F 6-1 So. BSU Becker, Minn. 5. Bemidji State........................................................... 57 12 Taylor Luke G 5-8 So. U-Mary Amery, Wis. 6. Winona State............................................................ 43 4 Brittani Wiese G 5-7 So. UMC Albertville, Minn. 7. Upper Iowa.............................................................. 41 13 Katie Wolff G 5-6 So. WSU Marshfield, Wis. 2009-10 NSIC Player of the Year 8. Southwest Minnesota State...................................... 37 Jheri Booker, Minnesota Duluth (Sr., F, Summerville, Ga.) 9. University of Mary (N.D.)....................................... 32 2009-10 NSIC Freshman of the Year 10. Minnesota, Crookston............................................ 21 Alex Feeney, Augustana (Fr., C, 6-0, Bismarck, N.D.) 2009-10 NSIC Defensive Player of the Year Jheri Booker, Minnesota Duluth (Sr., F, Summerville, Ga.) 2009-10 NSIC Coach of the Year Chris Kielsmeier, Wayne State

^Year for 2010-11

2009-10 Preseason NSIC Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll 1. Minnesota State (9).................................................. 176 2. Concordia-St. Paul (2)............................................. 154 3. Augustana (2).......................................................... 145 4. MSU Moorhead....................................................... 142 5. Winona State (1)...................................................... 140 6. Minnesota Duluth.................................................... 131 7. Wayne State............................................................. 111 8. St. Cloud State......................................................... 99 9. University of Mary.................................................. 96 10. Northern State.......................................................... 73 11. SMSU...................................................................... 66 12. Minnesota, Crookston.............................................. 55 13. Bemidji State........................................................... 37 14. Upper Iowa.............................................................. 32

2008-09 Preseason Coaches Poll 1. Minnesota State (11)................................................ 179 2. Augustana (3)........................................................... 169 3. Concordia-St. Paul................................................... 161 4. Winona State............................................................ 130 5. Wayne State............................................................. 125 6. University of Mary.................................................. 120 7. MSU Moorhead....................................................... 108 8. St. Cloud State......................................................... 104 9. SMSU...................................................................... 91 10. Minnesota Duluth................................................... 71 11. Northern State......................................................... 68 12. Bemidji State.......................................................... 62 13. Minnesota, Crookston............................................. 36 14. Upper Iowa............................................................. 32

2005-06 Preseason Coaches Poll Points 1. Wayne State (5) ....................................................... 67 2. Concordia-St. Paul (3) . ........................................... 65 3. MSU Moorhead . ..................................................... 59 4. Northern State ......................................................... 53 5. Minnesota-Crookston .............................................. 40 6. Winona State ........................................................... 39 7. SW Minnesota State ................................................ 37 8. Bemidji State ........................................................... 32 2004-05 Preseason Coaches Poll Points 1. Concordia-St. Paul (7) . ........................................... 70 2. MSU Moorhead (1) ................................................. 59 3. Wayne State ............................................................ 54 3. Northern State ......................................................... 54 5. SW Minnesota State ................................................ 49 6. Bemidji State ........................................................... 39 6. Minnesota-Crookston .............................................. 39 8. Winona State ........................................................... 28 2003-04 Preseason Coaches’ Poll Points 1. Minnesota Duluth (4)............................................... 60 2. Concordia-St. Paul (3).............................................. 57 3. Minnesota State Moorhead (2)................................. 48 4. Southwest Minnesota State ..................................... 44 5. Minnesota-Crookston .............................................. 38 6. Northern State ......................................................... 27 7. Wayne State ............................................................ 25 8. Winona State ........................................................... 15 9. Bemidji State ........................................................... 10 first place votes in ( )

Augustana College • Bemidji State • Concordia - St. Paul • University of Mary • Minnesota , Crookston • Minnesota Duluth • Minnesota State University, Mankato • • MSU Moorhead • Northern State • Southwest Minnesota State • St. Cloud State • Upper Iowa • Wayne State • Winona State


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