BEMIDJI, Minn. - BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University head women’s basketball coach Mike Curfman today announced the signing of Anna Hebrink (Austin, Minn.), a junior college transfer from Riverland Community College to a National Letter of Intent. The commitment of Hebrink combined with the early signing’s of Becker’s Jessica Althoff, Eastview’s Emily Kaus, Howard Lake’s Katie Pettit and Apple Valley’s Shannon Thompson bring Bemidji State’s 2009-10 signing class to five.
The class includes four student-athletes that have signed National Letters of Intent to attend BSU as freshman in the fall with one student-athlete transferring into the program after a successful junior college career. The 2009-10 class is made up of all local talent, something the BSU coaching staff continues to focus on. All five committed players hail from the state of Minnesota.
“It is nice when you can find players within your own state (Minnesota) that can come in and help make a difference, “ commented Curfman. “When recruiting we do look else where but it is nice when we can get Minnesota student-athletes because it is easier for their family and friends to come and watch them play which helps create a nice atmosphere at our home games.”
The 2009-10 class is made up of size and athleticism which will be looked upon to bring an immediate boost on the boards and in the paint.
“Coming into this recruiting season we knew that we needed to get bigger in the post because we were a little bit under sized at times last season and we feel that we have addressed those issues. We also wanted to get a little bit quicker and I feel this recruiting class will help us get stronger in those areas.”
The Bemidji State women’s basketball team finished the 2008-09 season 3-24; 1-19 in NSIC play.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
• Anna Hebrink (Shooting Guard, 5-8, Jr); Austin, Minn. (Riverland Community College)
Hebrink comes to Bemidji State after a successful two year career at Riverland Community College were she led the Blue Devils to 55 wins, including a school record 23 wins during the 2008-09 season. In two season’s she averaged 16.0 ppg, 6.0 apg, 5.0 rpg, and 2.2 spg while shooting 46-percent from the field (313-675) and 40.6-percent from behind the arc (152-374). Finishing up her two year campaign with the Blue Devils, Hebrink holds the school record for three’s in a season (79), assists in a career (332) and three’s in a career (152). She garnered numerous awards while at RCC, highlighted by being named to the NJCAA All-American 3rd team at the conclusion of 2009 along with being named to the first and second All-State teams. While at Austin High School she was a three-time All-Conference performer and was a focal point of the Packers’ 2004 State Tournament team. She finished her career as the fourth leading scorer (1,111) at Austin High School and tied the school record for most three’s in a game, twice with six. Hebrink was also active on the tennis court as she was a four-time All-Conference performer.
Hebrink has basketball in her genes as both her father (James) and mother (Susan) played junior college basketball while her sister (Gretchen) is currently a member of the Riverland Community College basketball team.
Curfman on Hebrink: “We are extremely excited about Anna joining our program. She brings experience after playing two years at Riverland Community College under the direction of her mom (Susan Hebrink). The thing that I really like about Anna is that she is a complete player, she is not just a shooter, she has great play making ability and I think she is going to complement the players we have well. I think Anna will bring a great scoring punch to our perimeter, but she is also very versatile in being able to play numerous positions on the floor.”
“We are hoping with each of these new players that they come in and add to the group that is already here,” said Curfman. “We really are excited about our younger players and feel that with this core group we will be able to move forward and there are a lot of good things to come for Bemidji State University women’s basketball.”
Hebrink is the eighth spring late-period signee for Bemidji State since Curfman took over as head coach in the summer of 2005. That group includes sophomore forward Colleen McKay who signed late in 2007 and current freshman Samantha Baldwin, Taylor Davis, and Kiki Phillips who signed during the 2008 late period.
Bemidji State University, located
in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of
the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).