BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University head women’s basketball coach Mike Curfman announced the signing of Emily Reichert (G, Rogers, Minn.) and Rachel Valley (F, Albertville, Minn.) to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to start playing for the Beavers during the 2012-13 season. Reichert and Valley become the 16th and 17th student-athletes to sign to play for Curfman in the early signing period during his seven seasons at BSU.
“We are excited about both Emily and Rachel because of their athleticism,” Curfman said. “Both happen to be from the same area and are coming from a really good conference. A lot of good players have gone on to play Division II basketball from that conference, so we think these two have a chance to fall in line with the others that have gone before them.”
Emily Reichert • G • 5-4 • Rogers, Minn. • Rogers HS
Rogers High School: Reichert has been on the Rogers High School varsity’s girl’s basketball team since her freshman year... She is a two-time All-MIssissippi 8 Conference team member... Last season she finished second on the team in points per game (240, 10.0 ppg) and assists per game (75, 3.1 apg), guiding the Royals to a 15-15 overall, 6-10 conference record and a state tournament appearance after defeating Monticello High School 51-36 in the section finals... Led the team in steals with 67 (2.8 spg) and added 71 rebounds... Steals total was third in the conference last year, while her assists total was fifth and points total was 12th... Scored in double-figures 13 times during the regular season and posted a career-high 24 against Cambridge-Isanti (Feb. 22)... Recorded a season-high seven assists against Princeton (Jan. 25)... Two-time captain has earned all-conference academic honors 2009-11, is an academic letter winner and is a member of the National Honor Society... Named VSJN All-Tournament Team with her summer club team in 2010.
Personal: Daughter of Dave and Nancy Reichert... Born August 1, 1993... Intends to major in accounting.
“With our team looking to be more up-tempo, to fast-break, to push the ball and be more tenacious, Emily fits that bill,” Curfman said. “She is a very good point guard, sees the floor well, can score from the point guard position and I love her competitiveness. She just really gets after it. She has done some really good things as a player, not only during the high school season, but also during the summer.”
Rachel Valley • F • 6-1 • Albertville, Minn. • St. Michael-Albertville HS
St.-Michael-Albertville High School: Valley averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season for a St. Michael-Albertville High School team that finished second in the Mississippi 8 Conference with a 14-2 record... The Knights went 23-5 overall, which included a 13-game winning streak from Jan. 8 to Feb. 10... Rebound total was second on the team and she added 25 steals (1.0 spg)... Posted a team-best 25 blocks (1.0 bpg) that finished sixth in the league... Scored 10 or more points on five occasions, including a season-high 19 points against Princeton Dec. 14... Added a season-high 12 rebounds in the game against Princeton for her lone double-double of the season... Posted season-highs with four steals against Zimmerman (Jan. 4) and four blocks vs Anoka (Dec. 28).
“The first thing that caught my attention is how well she shoots the ball,” Curfman said. “She plays primarily in the post position, a little more back to the basket in high school than she probably will play in college. She will probably be more of a four for us that can shoot the ball. She can shoot the 3-point shot and has great touch. I like her athleticism, the multiple ways she can score and her length.”
The Beavers (2-2) now turn their attention to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season Dec. 2-3 with road tests at Minnesota State University Moorhead Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. and University of Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 3.at 4 p.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).