Beavers ink three during early signing period
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team announced today the signing of Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.), Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to play for the Beavers starting the 2010-11 season. The three student-athletes are the 12th, 13th and 14th players signed during the early signing period in head coach Mike Curfman’s five years at the helm.

All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

“With this recruiting class, we have added a talented guard, wing and post and I feel that the three of them will help us to continue to climb up the ladder in the NSIC,” Curfman said. “We can’t wait for them to join the Bemidji State women’s basketball team next year.”

Morgan Lee • Forward • 5-7 • Hayward, Wis. • Hayward High School

Lee is a standout guard at Hayward High School, leading the Hurricanes to back-to-back Heart O’ North Conference championships her sophomore and junior seasons. She led the conference in scoring as a junior and was second her sophomore year, en route to first team all-conference honors in both seasons. The three-year starter and team captain was named Third-team All-Northwest last season. Lee is a two-time team most valuable player, leading HHS to a combined 36-9 record the last two seasons. She has 771 career points and led the conference her junior season in 3-pointers made and posted a 48-percent mark from beyond the arc. Lee is a 10-time letterwinner in three sports, basketball, volleyball and track, and has been apart of seven conference championships. She was a first-team all-conference member with the volleyball squad three times, leading the Hurricanes to three regional titles. On the track team, Lee is a two-time state qualifier in the 4x400. In the classroom, Lee is an honor roll student.

BSU Greats: Morgan’s father, David, played men’s basketball for Bemidji State (1984-88) and still stands as the all-time leading scorer with 2,034 points and is the school’s leading assist-man (1976-present) with 314 in his career. He led the team in points during the 1985-86 and 1987-88 seasons. He was also the team’s assist leader for three seasons. D. Lee was a First-Team All-NSIC selection in 1986, 1987 and 1988 and was an honorable mention pick after his freshman campaign in 1985. Morgan’s uncle, Greg Biskup, played men’s hockey at Bemidji State from 1984-88 as a defenseman. He is one of BSU’s 55 players to earn All-America status, was on the 1986 Division III national championship team and was a captain during his career as a Beaver. He racked-up 110 games, 29 goals, 77 assists and 106 points in his four-year career on the blueline.

Personal: She is the daughter of David and Ronda Lee, who both attended Bemidji State, and was born Jan. 3, 1992 in Hayward, Wis. Her father is her high school basketball coach. Winning back-to-back conference titles in basketball and volleyball is her greatest thrill in athletics.

“We are very excited about adding Morgan to our team for next year,” Curfman said. “Morgan is a very talented guard that can play several positions and she is a great scoring threat. I like that she not only is a very good 3-point shooter, but also that she can create her own shot off the dribble. In addition to her offensive abilities, she has strong instincts on defense and is a very smart basketball player.”

Kate Warmack • Center • 6-2 • East Grand Forks, Minn. • East Grand Forks High School

Warmack shot 67.1 percent from the field her junior season, guiding East Grand Forks High School to a team record of 28-3, a section 8AA championship and a state tournament berth. She earned All-Northern Galaxy Conference honors her sophomore and junior campaigns. She was the team’s most valuable offensive player her sophomore and junior seasons. She is also a letterwinner in volleyball and track. Warmack is an honor roll student.

Personal: She is the daughter of Jim and Karen Warmack, who both attended Bemidji State, and was born Jan. 15, 1992 in Grand Forks, N.D. She lists attending the state basketball tournament last season as her biggest thrill in athletics.

“Kate is a player that can be an inside force on both ends of the floor,” Curfman said. “Her ability to block shots and rebound on the defensive end and her ability to post-up and finish shots on the offensive end, make her a very talented post player. She has had a very successful high school career and we look forward to adding her talent to our team next year.”

Ellie Wessling • Guard/Forward • 5-10 • Winsted, Minn. • Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School

Wessling was a major contributor to a Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School squad that posted a 29-4 record and was a runner-up in the AA Minnesota State tournament championship last season. She posted a game-high 19 points in the state championship game and averaged 16.0 points per game during the season. Her 16 ppg was second on the team to BSU freshman Katie Pettit. After her junior season, Wessling was named all-state honorable mention by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, as AA all-tournament team honoree and was an all-conference member. She has been on a Laker team that has reached the state tournament twice. She is 44 points away from reaching the 1,000 point mark for her career and has a personal-best 34 points in a game. She has earned letters in both basketball and softball. In the classroom, Wessling is a honor roll student.

Personal: She is the daughter of Gary and Lisa Wessling and was born March 2, 1992 in Waconia, Minn. She lists making the state tournament twice and playing in the state championship game as her greatest thrills in athletics.

“We first saw Ellie play when we were recruiting current BSU freshman Katie Pettit, also from Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, and we were impressed by her, from that very first game,” Curfman said. “Ellie is a player that can play in the post and on the perimeter and do well either way. She is going to create some match-up problems for opposing teams because of her flexibility to play several positions on both ends of the floor. She has a great turn-around baseline move and is a threat from 3-point range. She will fit in well with our style of play.”

Curfman continues his trend of recruiting Minnesota players with two of the three signees from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. BSU currently has 14 of its 16 student-athletes from Minnesota. Lee, Warmack and Wessling join current BSU sophomores Megan Bates (F, Brainerd, Minn.) and Sydney Epema (G, Crookston, Minn.) and freshmen Jessie Althoff (Becker, Minn.), Emily Kaus (Eagan, Minn.), Pettit and Shannon Thompson (Apple Valley, Minn.) as current early signing period players under Curfman.

The Beavers get their first taste of competition Nov.16 at Mayville State in Mayville, N.D. at 7 p.m. BSU will open home and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Dec. 4 against Minnesota State University Moorhead at 6 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).