Beavers Women's Hoops announce five commits during early signing period

Beavers Women's Hoops announce five commits during early signing period
Friday, November 11, 2016
Beavers Women's Hoops announce five commits during early signing period

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s basketball Head Coach Chelsea DeVille announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period today. The freshmen will join the program beginning with the 2017-18 season.

Maria Appicelli, Taylor Bray, Mikayla Brouette, Gabrielle DuBois and Sydney Zerr each signed National Letters of Intent to play for Beavers Women’s Hoops. All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Maria Appicelli, a 5-foot-8-inch guard from Winona, Minn., lettered in basketball and volleyball at Winona High School. She was All-Big 9 Conference in basketball her sophomore and junior seasons, and was the second leading scorer her sophomore season. Appicelli helped lead the Winhawks to a second place finish in the Minnesota State Tournament her junior year. During her volleyball career, Appicelli finished as the school’s all-time leader in assists and holds three season assist records.

Appicelli received the Triple A award and earned a spot on the double “A” honor roll. She is the daughter or Phil and Dawn Appicelli. Her father and mother played basketball at College of St. Scholastica. Her brother, PJ, currently plays basketball at Winona State University. Appicelli is a proposed pre-med major.

“Maria can score on the perimeter in various ways,” DeVille said. “She is a flashy player that will be fun to watch.”

Taylor Bray, a 6-1 center from Anoka, Minn., lettered in basketball at Anoka High School. She helped the Tornadoes win the Minnesota Section 5AA to advance to the State Tournament during her freshman season.

The daughter of Bill and Nancee Bray, Bray is a proposed pre-med and exercise science major. Her great grandfather, Seldon Beise, played football for University of Minnesota from 1933-35) and is in the UM Hall of Fame. Bray’s sisters, Ashley and Amber, currently play basketball at Dakota Wesleyan University. She is an “A” honor roll member and earned academic letters for four years.

“We are excited to add another great interior player,” DeVille said. “Taylor is a strong post player that will help the success of our inside game.”

Mikayla Brouette, a 5-8 guard from Pardeeville, Wis., is a three-time All-Trailways Conference member from Pardeeville High School. She earned All-Conference First Team honors during her sophomore and junior seasons, and All-Conference honorable mention honors as a freshman. Brouette was named Conference Player of the Year runner-up and team captain as a junior. She also participated in cross country and track and field, earning All-Conference honors her junior season in cross country. Brouette was a state medalist in triple jump as a sophomore and junior, and broke the PHS long jump record as a junior.

Brouette is the daughter of Michael and Cassandra Brouette, and is a proposed secondary education major with a minor in sport management. She is an academic letter winner and high honor roll member all three years at PHS. Brouette is also a National Honor Society member.

“Mikayla brings toughness to our team,” DeVille said. “I am excited to see her challenge her teammates in practice right away.”

Gabrielle DuBois, a 5-10 forward from West Fargo, N.D., is a four-year letter winner in basketball and a three-year letter winner in softball at West Fargo High School. She helped the Packers to four state appearances in basketball from 2014-16. DuBois averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a junior while adding 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. She was named All-Eastern Dakota Conference and All-North Dakota in softball.

The daughter of Jon and Amy DuBois, she is a proposed construction management major.

“Gabby will be a versatile four-type for us,” DeVille said. “She can step out and hit a 3 and go to work in the paint.”

Sydney Zerr, a 5-6 guard from Shakopee, Minn., is a three-year letter winner in basketball at Shakopee High School. She helped lead the Sabers to the Minnesota State Tournament as well as South Suburban Conference and section championships.

Zerr is the daughter of Jeff and Kim Zerr (Babula), who is a member of the Bemidji State Athletic Hall of Fame since 2011. Kim played basketball for BSU from 1983-87 and holds the career assist and steals record with 843 and 293, respectively. Her sisters, Haley and Hanna, currently play for Bemidji State. Zerr is undecided on a major and earned “A” and “B” honor roll merits at SHS.

“Syndey is a talented, attacking point guard,” DeVille said. “She sees the court well and has a calm in her game.”

Bemidji State tips off the regular season Saturday, Nov. 12 against Mayville State University. The Beavers and Comets are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. from BSU Gymnasium.

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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).