Women's Basketball adds two to 2011-12 signing class
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Women's Basketball adds two to 2011-12 signing class
BEMIDJI, Minn.. - The Bemidji State University women’s basketball program announced the addition of two players to its 2011-12 signing class Thursday morning. Jessi Corrick (G, Grand Rapids, Minn.) and Erica Trabing (G, Prior Lake, Minn.) signed National Letter of Intents to play their basketball for Mike Curfman at BSU. The pair joins Paige Tompkins (F/C, Milnor, N.D.) who signed to play with the Beavers during the early recruiting period.

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

“With losing senior Anna Hebrink we lose one of our best shooters from last year,” Curfman said. “Regardless of losing Hebrink we knew we really needed to be able to shoot the ball better as a team as well as get to the free throw line and get some more off the dribble opportunities. We think the two young ladies we have signed, Jessi Corrick and Erica Trabing, help address those needs.”

Corrick joins the Beavers after a four-year stint as the point guard at Grand Rapids High School. The 5-7 Corrick averaged 16.2 points per game as a senior, as well as four steals per contest while leading the Thunderhawks to a 20-9 record en route to the first round of the state tournament. She was a Minnesota Associated Press All-State Honorable Mention selection. In addition, Corrick was named to the Duluth News All-Area First Team and was a Minnesota Miss Basketball Top 30 finalist. As a junior, Corrick averaged 19 points and 4.5 assists per game and tallied a career-high 31 points while earning all-area recognition.  Corrick scored over 1,000 points in her high school career. She also lettered in volleyball for the Thunderhawks.

Off the court, Corrick maintains a 4.0 GPA and has been on the “A” Honor Roll for all four years at Grand Rapids High School. Corrick is the daughter of Tim Corrick and Janet Hakala. She was born in Grand Rapids, Minn.

“First and foremost Jessi is a winner and she is an unbelievably smart point guard,” Curfman said. “The fact that she is left handed is a real advantage. A lot of times players get geared toward guarding someone that is right handed. Jessi is someone that could motivate really take charge of our team on the floor and provides great leadership.”

Trabing comes to BSU from Prior Lake High School. The 5-10 shooting guard was ranked among the top 25 prospects in the state of Minnesota according to gprep.net. She was a Minnesota Asscoiated Press All-State Honorable Mention selection as a junior and senior. Trabing helped lead the Lakers to a 21-4 record as a junior on their way to a conference championship. She was a All-Missota Conference selection during her final three seasons at Prior Lake High School. Trabing also lettered in soccer for the Lakers.

She is the daughter of Dennis and Patti Trabing. Her father played collegiate basketball at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. Trabing was born in Shakopee, Minn.

“I think Erica brings a level of intensity and athleticism that is going to be real beneficial for our team,” Curfman said. “One of the things we were really looking for in this class are players that bring a gritiness and competiveness to the court. Erica really epitomizes that. She has a good three-point shot but she knows how to get to the lane and get to the basket. She was looked at a by a number of Division I schools and rightfully so. She is a very athletic player”

The trio of Corrick, Tompkins and Trabing will join a young roster that has a number of returnees heading into the 2011-12 campaign for the Bemidji State University women’s basketball progam. The Beavers lose two seniors in Hebrink and center Colleen McKay (Barnum, Minn.). Returning are three players that started over half of last year’s games in junior Samantha Baldwin (G, St. Thomas, N.D.), sophomore Jessie Althoff (F/C, Becker, Minn.) and freshman Melissa Borstner (G, East Bethel, Minn.).

The trio is joined by several players who contributed key minutes for BSU last season. Morgan Lee (Fr., G, Hayward, Wis.) was one of BSU’s most effective offensive players down the stretch as she finished the season averaging 7.8 points per game and was the team’s leading three-point shooter connecting at a 36.2 percent clip. Fellow freshmen Kate Warmack (C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Ellie Wessling (G/F, Winsted, Minn.) also showed improvement throughout the season. The Beavers also return sophomore Shannon Thompson (G, Rosemount, Minn.) who proved clutch in games against Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota State University near the end of the season. Junior Sydney Epema (G, Crookston, Minn.), who served as co-captain last season will look to build on strong games against Upper Iowa University and Winona State University to end the 2010-11 season. The Beavers also return junior Taylor Davis (F, Crookston, Minn.) and redshirt freshman Tiffany Van Haaften (G, Chaska, Minn.), as well as redshirt Emily Kaus (C, Eagan, Minn.) who missed all of last season due to injury.

2011-12 Bemidji State University Recruiting Class
Jessi Corrick (5-7, G, Grand Rapids, Minn. (Grand Rapids High School)
Paige Tompkins (6-1, F/C, Milnor, N.D. (Milnor High School)
Erica Trabing (5-10, G, Prior Lake, Minn. (Prior Lake High School)