NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: SMSU lands three

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State University head women’s basketball coach Allison Kruger announced Wednesday, the signing of two high school student-athletes and one transfer student-athlete to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and basketball careers.

Laurie Bohler of Crystal, Tiffany Gehl of Fulda, and Lauren Hedlund of Hinton, Iowa, will all continue their academic and athletic careers at SMSU this fall.

They join Paige Hendrickson of Robins, Iowa, Taylor Holicky of Cleveland, Lakin Koski of Byron, and Angie Wenning of Excelsior, who signed letters in November 2013, during the early signing period, to complete the 2014-15 recruiting class.

“We are excited to welcome Laurie, Tiffany and Lauren to the Mustang family,” Kruger said. “These three individuals round-out a great recruiting class for us next year. Each student-athlete brings something unique to the table and adds much needed depth for us. I’m excited to see what the future holds for Mustang women’s basketball.”

SMSU finished the 2013-14 season 4-23 overall and 2-20 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Mustangs finished eighth in the NSIC?South and 16th in the overall standings.

Kruger enters her fifth season as head coach of the SMSU women’s basketball team in 2014-15.

Laurie?Bohler

POSITION:?Guard

HEIGHT:?5-6

HOMETOWN:?Crystal

HIGH?SCHOOL:?Robbinsdale Cooper

Bohler was a three-year letterwinner and two-time all-conference selection at Robbinsdale Cooper … named academic all-conference … led Robbinsdale Cooper to a conference championship as a senior … named team’s MVP in her senior season … named team’s captain … as a senior scored 380 total points, averaged 14.1 points per game, grabbed 182 rebounds, dished out 51 assists, and racked up 68 steals … finished her career with 888 points scored … three-year letterwinner in volleyball … two-time all-conference selection in volleyball … three-year letterwinner in track & field … two-time all-conference selection in track & field … two-time honor roll achiever … 2014 Athena Award winner … plans to major in accounting.

Kruger said:

“Laurie is a tremendous shooter that will bring a much needed threat from the perimeter for us, She has the ability to become a great defender and will be expected to use her quickness and great hands to put pressure on opponents.”

Tiffany Gehl

POSITION:?Guard

HEIGHT: 5-11

HOMETOWN: Fulda

HIGH?SCHOOL: Fulda

COLLEGE:?Minnesota West

Played the last two seasons at Minnesota West in Worthington for head coach Mike Fury … two-time All-Minnesota College Athletic Conference Southern first team selection … two-time all-division selection … two-time all-academic honoree … named to the NJCAA?All-American Honorable Mention team as a freshman … named Women’s Basketball Coaches Association?All-American as a sophomore … set the single-game record for free throws made with 17 … set the single-season 3-point percentage record by shooting 42 percent … broke the all-time scoring record at Minnesota West with 1,154 points … finished career with 135 assists, 74 steals and 314 rebounds … prepped at Fulda High School … three-year letterwinner for head coach Gregg Slaathaug … two-time all-conference selection … all-academic honoree … state participant and all-conference selection in cross country … six-year letterwinner in track & field … five-time all-conference selection in track and field.

Kruger said:

“Tiffany is a great addition for our team as she brings playing experience at the junior college level. She was a great scorer for Minnesota West the past two years and we expect her to bring that same mentality to our team. Tiffany will add height and athleticism to our guard position and is a fierce competitor.”

Lauren Hedlund

POSITION:?Forward

HEIGHT: 5-11

HOMETOWN: Hinton, Iowa

HIGH?SCHOOL: Hinton, Iowa

Prepped at Hinton High School in Hinton, Iowa … three-year letterwinner for head coach Joel Small … three-time All-War Eagle Conference first team selection … named team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior … two-time all-state selection … McDonald’s All-American nominee as a senior … participated in the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association and Iowa Basketball Coaches Association?All-Star Games as a senior … scored 391 points in her senior season … as a senior set the school record with 294 rebounds, including 141 offensive rebounds … concluded her career with 1,070 points, 691 rebounds, 253 assists and 222 steals … three-year letterwinner in volleyball … two-time All-War Eagle Conference selection … named all-state as a senior … four-year letterwinner in track & field … state qualifier in four different events as a freshman, sophomore and junior … placed third at state in the 300 hurdles and high jump as a junior … also lettered in softball … member of the National Honor Society … member of the National Council on Youth Leadership … plans to major in elementary education … daughter of Tom and Jane Hedlund.

Kruger said:

“Lauren was a great all-around athlete in high school and will bring some much needed depth for us as a forward. We need to become a better rebounding team and Lauren is one of the most natural rebounders I’ve seen in a while. She will fit well into our program is the type of individual you want representing your program.”