BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State women’s basketball head coach Mike Curfman announced today the signing of Lanae Rash (G, Milwaukee, Wis) to a Letter of Intent during the regular signing period that began April 11. The addition of the community college transfer makes four additions to BSU women’s basketball for the 2012-13 season, as Curfman signed Melissa Youngblut (F, Davenport, Iowa) April 17 and Emily Reichert (G, Rogers, Minn.) and Rachel Valley (F, Albertville, Minn.) to NLI’s during the early signing period.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
“With the addition of Lanae I believe we are adding someone that is able to contribute on both ends of the floor,” Curfman said. “There is no doubt that she has the ability to be an offensive threat and provide a scoring punch, while helping us to get defensive stops, which is an area of needed improvement. I like her flexibility to play multiple positions, including all three guard spots.
“I’m very excited about this recruiting class and think they will make an immediate impact on our program.”
Lanae Rash • G • 5-8 • Milwaukee, Wis. • Rainy River Community College • King High School
Bemidji State (2012-13): Enters the 2012-13 season as a junior after competing at Rainy River Community College (International Falls, Minn.) and Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa).
Rainy River Community College (2011-12): In 16 games at Rainy River Community College (International Falls, Minn.) Rash totaled 459 points for a 28.7 points per game average... The point guard also brought in 10.3 rebounds, picked-up 5.9 steals, dished out 4.6 assists per game and shot 45 percent... Scored 20 or more points in 15 of 16 games played, while totaling 30 or more points on eight occasions... Posted 10-plus rebounds in eight games, which included a 30-point, 20-rebound performance against Itasca Community College Feb. 11... Recorded five double-doubles and three triple-doubles with two games in double-figures in steals and one in assists... Finished with 35 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in her second game of the season Dec. 17 against Central Lakes College... Posted a season-high 39 points and added 11 rebounds against Mesabi Range CTC Feb. 18.
Kirkwood Community College (2009-10): Played 37 games for Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and averaged 6.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game... Shot 41 percent from the field... Recorded 10 or more points on four occasions, five or more rebounds five times, at least four assists on five occasions and three or more steals eight times... Posted 10 points, seven rebounds (tied a season-high) and a season-high five assists for the Eagles against Southeastern Community College Feb. 24... Tallied a season-high 16 points against Iowa Lakes Community College Jan. 30.
King High School: At the end of her senior year Rash averaged 13.7 points, four steals and four assists for King High School (Milwaukee, Wis.)... Team went 21-4 her senior year... Posted a career high 21 points against Marshfield... Closed her high school career with 1,010 points and was first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state.
*Some Information Courtesy of Kirkwood Athletics
The Beavers closed the 2011-12 season with a record of 9-18 overall and a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference record of 7-15 to finish 11th in the league standings. BSU graduated just two seniors in 2011-12 and will be guided in 2012-13 by guard Morgan Lee (Hayward, Minn.), who was selected 2011-12 Second Team All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
2012-13 Bemidji State University Recruiting Class
Name (Ht., Pos., Hometown / Previous School)
Emily Reichert (G, 5-4, Rogers, Minn. / Rogers HS)
Lanae Rash (G, 5-8, Milwaukee, Wis. / Rainy River Community College)
Rachel Valley (F, 6-1, Albertville, Minn. / St. Michael-Albertville HS)
Melissa Youngblut (F, 5-11, Davenport, Iowa / Iowa State)
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).