BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s basketball team announced the signing of Paige Tompkins (F/C, Milnor, N.D.) to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period to start playing for the Beavers during the 2011-12 season. Tompkins becomes the 15th student-athlete to sign to play for head coach Mike Curfman in the early signing period during his six years at BSU. The Beavers added current freshman Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Wis.), Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) during the early signing period last season.
“We are excited to have Paige join the program,” Curfman said. “She is a 6-1 player that is very versatile. She can play with her back to the basket and she can step out and shoot the three point shot. That is one of the biggest strengths for Paige is that she can play multiple positions and play them well. She was at our summer camp last summer so we had a chance to see her and be around her for a couple of days and I think she is going to be a great addition to the Bemidji State University women’s basketball program and we expect some great things from her.”
Tompkins joins a squad for the 2011-12 season that is slated to lose only two seniors (Anna Hebrink and Colleen McKay) and return 14 players (three juniors, four sophomores and seven freshmen). All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Paige Tompkins • Forward/Center • 6-1 • Milnor, N.D. • Milnor High School
Tompkins helped lead Milnor High School to a 16-9 record and a third place finish at regionals as a junior helping turn around a program that went 0-20 the previous season. She earned all-district honors as a sophomore and junior and garnered All-Wild Rice Conference honors as a junior. Tompkins was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player following her sophomore and junior seasons. Last season, she led the Bison in points, assists and rebounds. Following her performance in the 2010 Courts Plus Summer League in Fargo, Tompkins was selected as the league’s MVP. She is also a highly decorated volleyball player and golfer at Milnor High School. She was an all-district selection in volleyball as a junior and a senior and was an all-conference pick for the Bison as a junior. Tompkins broke the school record for blocks in a single season. In golf, has been a state tournament participant in each of her first three seasons. She earned a fifth place finish at state as a junior. Tompkins also lettered in track and field.
She is the daughter of Mitch and Bobbi Tompkins and was born June 3, 1993 in Breckenridge, Minn. Her grandfather was a basketball player at Hamline University in St. Paul. Plans to major in spanish education with a minor in english at BSU.