BSU Basketball Teams Receive Four All-NSIC Selections
Thursday, March 4, 2004
Mar. 4, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Bemidji State men’s and women’s basketball teams were honored with four All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team picks, three for the men and one for the women. The conference offices announced today that men’s senior guard Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa), senior forward Charles “Buster” Hanks (Chicago, Ill.), junior guard James Roberson (Chicago, Ill.) and women’s junior forward Stacia Swanson (Sioux City, Iowa) were all selected to the first team.

Beaver men’s head coach Jeff Guiot and women’s head coach Mike Powerwere tabbed as Coaches of the Year for their respective divisions. Also, Hanks is the Player of the Year and Roberson the Newcomer of the Year. On the women’s side, freshman guard Maggie Gernbacher (Bloomington, Minn.) is the Freshman of the Year.

This is the first year in NSIC history that one school had both Rookies of the Year. That award began in 1993-94 for the women and 1998-99 for the men. In addition, it marks the fifth time in league annals and a BSU first that two coaches from the same school were honored after Guiot and Power were named. The last time was SW Minnesota State in 2000-01 when women’s coach Kelly Kruger and Tim Miles for the men were selected.

For the men, Daley will end his career as arguably the best three-point shooter to step on the court in a BSU uniform. He finished this season (league games only) first in the league in three point percentage (.510) and fourth in the NCAA (Feb. 29), with a 50.7 percent clip. His 148 career treys ranks him first in the school record book and he holds the highest single season total with 75 in 2003-04.

A three-time All-NSIC First Team selection, Hanks stands second all-time at BSU with 1,572 points and sixth with 577 lifetime rebounds. Hanks became the first player in NSIC history to reach the 1,000 point plateau in just three-years of participation as he finished his career fifth with 1,021 points in NSIC games only. After being announced as the 2003-04 NSIC Preseason Player of the Year, Hanks was named to the 2003-04 Street & Smith’s Preseason Honorable Mention All-America Team - thought to be the first All-American in BSU history since the school became an NCAA institution in 1992. He currently leads the conference in scoring (20.3 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) and field goal percentage (.592), just the second NSIC athlete ever to be first among conference players in three categories the same season. Buster becomes the first Beaver athlete to be Player of the Year in the 42-year history of the award.

In his first year of participation at BSU, Roberson led the NSIC (league games only) with 7.00 assists per game and was 27th in the NCAA (Feb. 29) in assists per game (5.7). He will end his season on the top of the BSU assists list with 153. Roberson set the BSU single-game standard for most assists after he dished out 13 against Concordia-St. Paul, Jan. 2.

Swanson became the first Beaver to lead the league in scoring (NSIC games only) this season at 16.4 points since Karen Morrissey went for 19.7 points in 1996-97. The two-time NSIC Player of the Week ranks first on the team with 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds per contest, field goal percentage (.513) and free throw percentage (.906). She has hit for double digit point totals in 17 of her 22 contests since battling back from a knee injury suffered last season.

Gernbacher played like anything but a freshman. She is currently ranked in four NSIC top 10 (all games) statistical categories, including second in both free throw percentage (.869) and three-pointers per game (2.46). Sitting just five trifectas away from the BSU season record of 74, Gernbacher holds the single-season high in free throws (106) and three-point attempts (181). She guided the Beavers to their first NSIC Quarterfinal win against Winona State with a personal-high 30 points; that point total tied for the fifth-highest single game output and was the first 30-point effort since 1998-99.

Guiot’s honor recognizes a three-year turnaround of a men’s program that averaged just 10 wins the three years prior to his arrival. Since Guiot came on board in 2001-02, BSU hosted its first ever NSIC Tournament game, won a school record 20 games and earned its first regular season conference title in 37 years in 2003-04, has averaged 18 wins in each of his last three seasons and his three-year wins total of 54 will go down in the record books as the most successful era in BSU history. The last BSU coach to be Coach of the Year was Dave Hutchins in 1971-72 as he shared it with Les Wothke from Winona State. Guiot is the first BSU coach ever to solely win the award.

“It is a nice honor to have,” said Guiot. “But, this is something that the players win for you.”

Power has exceeded expectations this season as his club earned its first ever home NSIC playoff win and finished fourth in the league - the NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll had BSU selected ninth. Standing 236-202 (.539) in his 15 seasons, Power has coached his team this year to its most wins (14) in eight seasons. Power joins Doreen Zierer (1995-96) as the only BSU coaches to receive Coach of the Year recognition.

“If you are going to be a good coach, you have to have a great team and great assistants,” said Power.

Both clubs will battle the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Saturday, Mar. 6 in the NSIC Semifinals. The men begin at 2 p.m. with the women to follow at 4 p.m. at the Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, 2.00 for students, with children under five admitted free. For ticket information, please contact the NSIC Office at (612) 379-1535.

The semifinal winners will compete for the Tournament crown, Sunday at the Gangelhoff Center. The women’s championship is set for 2 p.m. with the men to conclude at 4 p.m. It marks the first time in the five-year history of the NSIC Tournament that both Beaver teams will compete in the second round.

The winner of the NSIC Tournament automatically qualifies for the North Central Region NCAA Tournament, March 13-14, 16, held at the top seed in the region.

2003-04 NSIC Men's All-Conference Team
First Team
Pos.    Yr.    Ht.    School
Brett Cain    C    Jr.    6-8    Wayne State
Adam Daley    G    Sr.    6-6    Bemidji State
Adam Grant    C    So.    6-7    Northern State
Matt Hammer    G    So.    6-4    Northern State
Charles Hanks    F    Sr.    6-8    Bemidji State
Brian Jamros    G    Jr.    6-4    Concordia-St. Paul
Travis Leech    F/C    Sr.    6-9    Winona State
James Roberson    G    Jr.    5-10    Bemidji State
Sean Seaman    G    So.    6-6    Minnesota Duluth
David Zellman    G    Jr.    6-8    Winona State

Honorable Mention
Pos.    Yr.    Ht.    School
Chris Anderson    F    Jr.    6-6    MSU Moorhead
Deandre Buchanan    F    Jr.    6-6    MSU Moorhead
Aaron Busack    C    So.    6-7    Northern State
Dusty Decker    F    Sr.    6-6    Minnesota Duluth
Jared Keaveny    G    Sr.    6-1    SW Minnesota State
Elijah Starzl    F/C    Jr.    6-7    SW Minnesota State
Adam Sullivan    G    Fr.    6-5    Minnesota Crookston
Player of the Year: Charles “Buster” Hanks, BSU
Newcomer of the Year: James Roberson, BSU
Defensive Players of the Year: Steve Smiley, NSU
John Hopf, WSU
Coach of the Year: Jeff Guiot, BSU

2003-04 NSIC Women's All-Conference Team
First Team
Pos.    Yr.    Ht.    School
Michelle Bruns    G    Jr.    5-10    SW Minnesota State
Kayla Christensen    G    Jr.    6-0    Concordia-St. Paul
Lindsey Dietz    F/C    Sr.    6-1    MSU Moorhead
Tanisha Gilbert    G    Jr.    5-10    Winona State
Michelle Hanson    C    Jr.    6-1    Northern State
Kristin Humphries    F/C    So.    6-2    Wayne State
Jenny Johnson    G    Sr.    5-7    Winona State
Liz Klukas    F/C    Sr.    6-1    MSU Moorhead
Jennifer Pozzani    G    Jr.    5-7    Concordia-St. Paul
Anne Straate    C    So.    6-1    Winona State
Stacia Swanson    F    Jr.    5-11    Bemidji State

Honorable Mention
Pos.    Yr.    Ht.    School
Regan French    F    Jr.    5-8    SW Minnesota State
Desirae Jones    G    Jr.    5-6    Concordia-St. Paul
Stephanie Mayclin    G    Jr.    5-6    Minnesota Crookston
Katie Pavlich    G    Sr.    5-3    Minnesota Duluth
Karna Plaine    F    So.    5-10    Minnesota Crookston
Carin Rambow    G    Sr.    5-6    Northern State
Tanysha Scott    G    Jr.    5-7    Minnesota Duluth
Player of the Year: Lindsey Dietz, UM-Duluth
Freshman of the Year: Maggie Gernbacher, BSU
Defensive Player of the Year: Jennifer Pozzani, C-SP
Coach of the Year: Mike Power, BSU