BSU Basketball Teams Recieve Three All-NSIC Selections
Friday, March 4, 2005

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Bemidji State University senior guard James Roberson (Chicago, Ill.) was named First-Team All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference highlighting a group of three all-conference picks garnered by the men's and women's basketball teams, the league office announced today. Also, the Beaver men's team corralled the NSIC Newcomer of the Year award for the third time in four years as the conference's coaches selected Duane Fields (Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.) for the award.

In addition to Roberson, junior Alvin Muse (South Holland, Ill.) was selected to the third team while Nancy McConkey (Superior, Wis.) was the BSU women's lone representative garnering an Honorable Mention nod.

Roberson, a two-time first-team pick, led the conference in assists (4.85 apg) and was third in assists to turnover ratio (2.33). In just his season season at BSU he has virtually rewritten the BSU's records for assists. In addition to owning six of the top 10 single-game assists totals, including a BSU school record 13, he has posted two of the top five single-season assist totals, including a Beavers' record with 167 last winter. He currently sits in second place on the all-time assists list at BSU with 293--just 21 dimes shy of the all-time record. This season he leads the Beavers with 126 assists, is third on the team in steals (31) and three-point field goal percentage (.419), fourth in free-throw percentage (.705) and fifth scoring 10.5 points per game. He has been clutch down the stretch posting the second-best three-point percentage on the team (.463) and third in overall shooting at .488 while netting 12.3 points per NSIC game.

Muse makes his first appearance on the NSIC All-Conference team as a third-team selection this season. A newcomer to the Beavers last fall, the junior has seen action in every BSU game, starting 17. He currently ranks second on the team in both shooting percentage (.478) and three-point shooting percentage (.438) while leading the team in steals (39) and sitting third on the scoring list by chipping in 11.9 points per game. Five times this season he has gone for more than 20 points and was named as the NSIC Player of the Week Nov. 29 after he netted 26 points in a win over Lake Superior State. in the game he was 11-for-12 from the floor--a performance that ranks him tied for ninth on the NCAA Division II single-game performance list.

Fields is in good company as one of three BSU players to be named as the NSIC Newcomer of the Year since the award's inception at the conclusion of the 1998-99. He follows Beaver-great Charles Hanks (2001-04), who collected the honor in 2001-02 and current teammate Roberson who garnered the award last winter.

Fields, a junior transfer from L.A. Southwest College, leads the Beavers in scoring this season with an average of 13.4 points per game. He has also separated himself as one of BSU's best shooting threats ranking first among his peers at the free-throw line (.885) and outside the thee-point arc (.462). Five times this season he has netted more than 20 points garnering NSIC Player of the Week accolades Jan. 10th for leading BSU to a 2-0 start in league play averaging 22.0 points per game.

McConkey debuts on the honorable mention team as one of just two underclassmen selected to this season's all-conference team. The sophomore ranks third at BSU averaging 10.8 points per game but led the Beavers in scoring seven times. She ranks third among her teammates pulling down 5.0 rebounds per game while her three double-doubles are a team best. McConkey's sophomore season was highlighted by a 30-point, five rebound night versus St. Cloud in which she nearly doubled her previous career-high for points (17).

The women's team had its season cut short Wednesday night when it dropped its quarterfinal game to the No. 2 seed Concordia-St. Paul, 102-80.

Finishing the conference season 10-4, good for second place in the league standings, the Bemidji State men's team advanced to the 2005 NSIC Red Baron Classic semifinal round by defeating the University of Minnesota, 81-68, Wednesday evening in the quarterfinals. The No. 2 seed moves on to battle No. 3 Northern State University at 2:00 p.m. at Winona State's McCown Gymnasium. The team will be looking for its first trip to the tournament's championship game.

The semifinal winners will compete for the tournament crown, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

The NSIC Red Baron Classic Champion automatically qualifies for the NCAA Division II Tournament's North Central Regional, March 12-13 and 15, hosted by the top seed in the region.

2004-05 NSIC Men's All-Conference Team
First Team
Name Pos. Yr. Ht. School
James Roberson, PG, Sr., 5-10, Bemidji State, Chicago, Ill.
Brian Jamros, G, Sr., 6-4, Concordia-St. Paul, Moose Lake, Minn.
Matt Hammer, F, Jr., 6-3, Northern State, Elkton, S.D.
Brett Watson, F, Sr., 6-7, Wayne State, Elk Horn, Iowa
David Zellmann, G, Jr., 6-2, Winona State, Lewiston, Minn.

Second Team
Pos. Yr. Ht. School Hometown

Justin Vandenberg, F, Sr., 6-7, Concordia-St. Paul, Appleton, Wis.
LeRon Dawn, PG, Sr., 6-1, Southwest Minnesota State, Kansas City, Mo.
Brett Cain, C, Sr., 6-8, Wayne State, Walford, Iowa
Zach Malvik, G, So., 6-2, Winona State, Holmen, Wis.
Jon Urbach, G/F, Sr., 6-5, Winona State, Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Third Team
Pos. Yr. Ht. School Hometown

Alvin Muse, G, Jr., 6-4, Bemidji State, South Holland, Ill.
Aaron Busack, C, Jr., 6-7, Northern State, Redwood Falls, Minn.
Todd Klostermann, F, Sr., 6-6, Wayne State, Manchester, Iowa
Elijah Starzl, F, Sr., 6-7, Southwest Minnesota State, Columbus, Neb.
Jarod Obering, G, Sr., 5-9, Northern State, Beatrice, Neb.

Player of the Year: Matt Hammer, Northern State (Sr., Elkton, S.D.)
Newcomer of the Year: Duane Fields, Bemidji State (Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.)
Defensive Players of the Year: Jonte Flowers, Winona State (Fr., Cottage Grove, Wis.)
Coach of the Year: Mike Leaf, Winona State

2004-05 NSIC Women's All-Conference Team
First Team
Pos. Yr. Ht. School
Jennifer Pozzani, G, Sr., 5-7, Concordia-St. Paul,Beloit, Wis.
Karna Plaine, P, Jr., 5-10, Minnesota-Crookston, Hatton, N.D.
Jessica Fessenmaier, P, So., 6-3, MSU-Moorhead, Olivia, Minn.
Michelle Bruns, G, Sr., 5-10, Southwest Minnesota State, Hecla, S.D.
Nicole Gruntorad, G, Jr., 5-9, Wayne State, Kearney, Neb.

Second Team
Pos. Yr. Ht. School
Kayla Christensen, G, Sr., 6-0, Concordia-St. Paul, Elk River, Minn.
Steph Mayclin, PG, Sr., 5-6, Minnesota-Crookston, Breckenridge, Minn.
Jackie Doerr, G, Sr., 5-7, MSU-Moorhead, Henderson, Minn.
Dana Weibel, G, Sr., 5-11, MSU-Moorhead, Sparta, Wis.
Kristin Humphries, C, Jr., 6-2, Wayne State, Omaha, Neb.

Third Team
Pos. Yr. Ht. School
Nakia Carlisle, G, Jr., 5-9, Concordia-St. Paul, St. Paul, Minn.
Carly Christensen, P, Sr., 6-0, Concordia-St. Paul, Elk River, Minn.
Noelle Hall, C, Fr., 6-1, Northern State, Altura, Minn.
Liza Sizer, PG, Sr., 5-7, Northern State, Miller, S.D.
Reagan French, F, Sr., 5-8, Southwest Minnesota State, Marshall, Minn.

Honorable Mention
Pos. Yr. Ht. School, Hometown

Nancy McConkey, P, So., 6-0, Bemidji State, Superior, Wis.
Desirae Jones, G, Sr., 5-6, Concordia-St. Paul, Minneapolis, Minn.
Casey Francis, G, Jr., 5-10, Minnesota-Crookston, Fosston, Minn.
Kari Score, P, So., 5-11, Minnesota-Crookston, Boyceville, Wis.
Amanda Reimer, F, Fr., 5-10, Winona State, Reedsburg, Wis.

Player of the Year: Michelle Bruns, Southwest Minnesota State (Sr., G, Hecla, S.D.)
Freshman of the Year: Noelle Hall, Northern State (Fr., C, Altura, Minn.)
Defensive Player of the Year: Jennifer Pozzani, Concordia-St. Paul, (Sr., G, Beloit, Wis.)
Coach of the Year: Karla Nelson, MSU-Moorhead