Junior Ellie Wessling has been a consistent scorer off the bench for the Beavers in her first two seasons. Her sophomore season she saw time in all 27 games with seven starts and finished fifth on the team in scoring (7.9 ppg), while averaging 20.6 minutes per game. Because of medical reasons she was unable to play last weekend versus North Dakota or Lakehead (Ontario). The Northwoods activities Bemidji State has to offer drew Wessling in and ever since the junior from Winsted, Minn. has been finding her place on the women’s basketball team, while inserting laughter into the daily grind of being a student-athlete.
How was your experience going to the state tournament in high school and how does DII basketball compare?
Going to state did me a lot of good. It was a lot of exposure, more than I had in Howard Lake and it got (head coach Mike Curfman) looking at me. Comparing to DII, it’s a whole new world. It is very fast paced game and a lot more talent on the court.
Why did you choose BSU?
Because their color’s green (joking). I love hunting and fishing and the outdoors and it seemed like a good fit.
Seeing playing time mainly off of the bench your first two seasons, how difficult was it to find a rhythm and get comfortable on the court?
It’s more difficult than people think, but this year I’ve found my place and it’s kind of clicked and I’m ready to do some damage.
Where do you see your role for this year’s team, whether it’s starting or off the bench?
I hope to be a starter consistently, but either way, if I play or get minutes it doesn’t matter to me.
Playing wing and post, how is it to have to know all those positions?
It’s rough. I get confused a lot. Sometimes I’ll be in the game and play the three or the guard position and then he’ll (Curfman) sub one person in. Then I’ll be the four and I run down the wrong side, I’m in the wrong spot or run the wrong play. It definitely takes some focus.
How has your transition to DII basketball gone thus far?
Well, the first two years I kind of struggled, but like I said it’s kind of just clicked for me this year, at least I’m hoping, I don’t know yet it’s just been practices so far.
What is your major and where do you see yourself in life after basketball?
Environmental studies is my major and anywhere outdoors, I guess.
How would you describe your personality on and off the court?
I’m kind of a goof. I like to have fun, yell and scream and be loud, but sometimes there’s a time to be serious, especially on the court.
With seven newcomers, how do you feel the team is bonding this season?
It took a while, I mean we’re girls (laughing), but it’s definitely better now, especially when we start games. We have to be one team, one person.
What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming season?
I’m ready to kick some butt (laughing). It has been a rough two years, but there’s definitely more talent on our team this year.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).